The holiday season can be a busy time for burglars. You can lower your risk of becoming a victim by taking extra precautions. Here are some tips for keeping your home safe during the holidays.
- Check your lighting. A well-lit home is less likely to be targeted by burglars. To increase security at your home, add motion detector lights to your home's exterior. You should also consider adding a timer to your interior lights if you and your family will be away for a prolonged period of time.
- Do not post your plans online. It is not uncommon for burglars to take advantage of social media posts to target families that will not be home. Avoid posting any messages online that could give the impression that you are not home.
- Assess your locks. Evaluate your home's entrances with a locksmith. Ensure that all portals, including the garage, have adequate locks. You should also consider adding bars to the tracks of sliding doors. The bars will help prevent a burglar from knocking the doors off track and opening them. Consult with a locksmith from a company like Security Locksmiths to determine other ways you and your family can reduce the odds that your home will be burglarized.
- Contact your home security system company. Before traveling, contact your home security system company and inform the representatives that you will be out of town. Provide the company with your return date and a phone number you can be reached at in case of a security issue.
- Keep gifts and valuables out of view. Ensure that none of your gifts or valuables are visible from the street. By keeping the items out of sight, you are helping to remove temptation for burglars.
- Do not use extension cords in the windows. If you have holiday lights outside and are using an extension cord to run through the windows and inside to an outlet, you are at risk of being robbed. The extension cord prevents the window from properly closing and latching.
- Dispose of gift boxes wisely. To avoid helping burglars identify what valuables are in your home, break down the gift boxes before disposing of them. Ensure that none of the labeling for the boxes is visible. Wait to put the boxes out for pickup until the day trash is collected.
By adequately preparing now for the holiday season, you can help to keep your family and home safe.