The holiday season is the happiest time of the year and, also, the most common time of the year for theft. Even with top of the line security services and alarm systems in place, make sure you take precautions to ensure the safety of your family.
- Have Your Home Watched While On Vacation
Consider contacting the local police department to ride past your home when you are away. Most times they have no problem with this and will change a route to move past your home.
- Communicate With Your Neighborhood Watch
Let your neighbors know when you’ll be on vacation so they can look out for any suspicious activity. Ask them to remove any packages from your doorstop as this a clear indication that you’re away from home. Do not advertise on social media that you will be taking a trip. This is practically inviting burglars into your house.
- Inspect Your Motion Detectors
Make sure your motion detectors are working properly and won’t be set off by any false alarms.
- Secure All Doors
Ensure that all locks and deadbolts are working properly. Repair any cracks in doors or windows as well.
- Conceal Your Valuables
Make sure that valuable items aren’t left sitting out. Keep all valuables hidden in a place they wouldn’t easily be found.
- Light Up Your Home
The more lit your yard and home is, the harder it will be for theft to take place. It is recommended to keep your outdoor lights on every night and have lights on timers inside the home to make it appear someone is home. Do not attempt to plug in exterior lights through an open window. This is very dangerous and an easy way for an intruder to enter.
- Be Cautious Of Expensive Gifts
Be cautious when disposing of large gift boxes, such as your brand new $1200 television. Attempt to hide boxes in your trash, and break them down, so other people cannot see what great new items they can steal.
- Be Wary Of Solicitors
During the holiday season there are many great organizations that ask for donations. But do not be naive when speaking with them and never invite them into your home. This could be a burglar’s way of getting a first look inside your home.
- Keep Your Security System On
Keep your home security system armed at all times. This is the best way to protect your home from theft.
The holiday season is a great time to spend with family and friends. Make sure you’re taking precautions to keep everyone safe. Double check all windows and doors and make sure your security system is working properly throughout the winter season.