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Facebook posting may have led to burglary

Kerri McMullen didn’t think twice before posting a note on her Facebook page Saturday telling friends that she and her fiancĂ© were about to leave their Floyd County home to hear a band play at the Phoenix Hill Tavern.

But when fiancé Kurt Pendleton returned from the concert ahead of McMullen, he discovered that their Lucy Drive home had been burglarized. Thieves took a plasma screen TV, two laptop computers, videogames, jewelry and more.

Thank goodness they had a video surveillance system.

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What a burglar doesn't want you to know

Things that a burglar won't tell you:

“Thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While in there I unlatched the window to make my return a little easier.”

“Pretty flowers mean you have taste and nice things may be inside.”

“The toys your kids leave out make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.”

“If it snows while you’re away, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks toward and around the house. Untouched snowdrifts are a dead giveaway as are piled-up newspapers.”

“If you have glass in your front door, make sure an alarm system keypad is installed out of sight.”

“A good security installation includes motion detectors at the window over a sink and those on the second floor that access bedrooms where all the good stuff is.”

“It’s raining, you fumble with an umbrella and forget to lock your door. I don’t take a day off in bad weather.”

“I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions or offer to clean your gutters.

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Tip For Saving Money On Homeowner's Insurance

Everyone likes the thought of saving money. What could be better than saving money while also providing peace of mind for your family?
Insurance companies really like seeing that a home is protected from risk, so burglar alarms and home security / surveillance systems will generate a discount in most cases. Usually your insurance company will require proof that an alarm / surveillance system was professionally installed and that a monitoring and/or service contract is in place. The amount of savings can vary between insurance companies, however, in the Asheville area discounts have been around 15%. Check with your insurance company to see what discount they provide and then give us a call, send us an email, or visit our site to schedule a FREE security site survey and estimate.