The holiday season is something we all look forward to. But did you even realize that maybe it’s the most anticipated time of the year for thieves? As more and more people get ready for the holidays and vacations, they forget that maybe their homes could fall victim to burglaries. Here are some safety tips to protect you and your home this holiday season!
- Place your home on “vacation watch” – Contact your local law enforcement and see if they offer the “vacation watch” service. This service has a patrol officer ride by your home for a safety check during their shift. Remember to contact your local non-emergency number, not 911 to discuss this option.
- Make your house look like people are home – Pick up some inexpensive timers for lights and stagger them around the house. Set the timers to be on and off during the times of day that are consistent with your family’s schedule and routine. It is also a good idea to stop your mail and paper service while away.
- Do not broadcast your travel plans– As much as you want to brag about your holiday cruise, do not talk about your plans over Facebook and Twitter until you return. Also, don’t mention it on your home or cell phone voicemail. Another thought is to silence your home phone ringers. Sometimes thieves stake out houses to see if anyone answers the home phone when they call.
- Lock your garage entry doors and remove clickers from cars – It is important to the lock the door from your garage to your home. Garage doors can sometimes be pushed up and can malfunction from time to time. Also, remove these clickers from your cars parked in the driveway. Thieves can easily break a window and use that as access to your home.
- Don’t leave remnants of Christmas morning by the curb – Large appliance boxes and containers show that Santa was good this year, but also show thieves which houses could afford the new plasma T.V. Make sure you break down all the boxes to place in your garbage bins and use black bags to conceal the products.
These are just a few safety tips for leaving your home unattended over the holidays. Do you have any more suggestions? We would love to hear from you. Please comment below!