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Holiday home safety tips

by: Kirsten Land on December 1st, 2015 about General

Santa thiefWith the holidays approaching, many families leave their homes for vacation and parties. Unfortunately, thieves are well aware of that! Thankfully, there are several things you can do to keep your home safe for the holidays!

Ensure you are well-protected with the following tips:

1. Make it look like you're home

A thief is much less likely to bust your door down if they think you’ll be sitting on the couch waiting for them. So, what can you do to make it appear as though you are home?

The easiest way is to put lights on a timer. Thieves tend to “stake out” homes. They know your house typically has lights showing through the window at 7pm. If all of a sudden, they’re off for a few days, the thief will get a good idea that you are not there.

Set the timer to your regular schedule. Another tip-off to thieves, is a pile-up of newspapers in your driveway or on your front porch. If you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, put your deliveries on hold, or have a trusted neighbor, friend or family member stop by to pick them up.

2. Don’t advertise the good stuff

I see it every year. Big boxes are just sitting on curbs, advertising that a home is now the proud owner of a brand new large screen TV! How exciting for that family! What a great theft opportunity!

Resale value on a brand new TV is pretty high! Break those boxes down, put them in black trash bags, and get them in the trash can. No more leaving boxes on the curb to advertise all the wonderful, new, expensive gifts that may be inside your home.

3. Go incognito

You know that beautiful Christmas tree that you want the entire neighborhood to see through the living room window? Well, guess what! That thief who has been staking out your house can see it, too, along with all the gifts you have piled up underneath it.

Talk about temptation!!

If you just can’t help yourself, and insist on having your tree displayed in the window, then please don't place gifts under it until the last minute.

4. Fake it

Even if you don’t currently have a home security system (although, having one WOULD be better!) you can fake it. Put a security sign in your yard, or a sticker in the window. Just knowing they may have to face an alarm can be a huge deterrent to a would-be thief.

Just putting these few tips into action can help make your holidays safer and happier! As you’re making out that list of things to get done before leaving on that family trip, be sure to add “Home Security” to the list!

No one wants to come home to find themselves “Grinched” for the holidays.

Great advice!

- Zac, December 15, 2015 @ 12:28 pm

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