The holidays are an ideal time to celebrate with family and friends, but unfortunately, they are also a time when greater numbers of burglaries and break-ins occur. While we are busy shopping and attending holiday parties, or out of town visiting with family, our homes are prime targets for break-ins. The following tips can help you keep your home and its contents safe this holiday season.
1. Do not neglect basic security measures. Lock your doors and windows even when you are at home, and if you do not already have deadbolts on your doors, have them installed. Although most burglars prefer to enter an unoccupied home to avoid getting caught in the act, a break-in can happen when you are sleeping. Place your Christmas tree away from any windows, and close your window coverings at night and when you go out, so would-be thieves do not have an easy view of tempting gifts and other valuables. Install motion-activated exterior lights to make your home less attractive to burglars, since they would rather not be seen. Pull inside your garage before unloading large purchases from your vehicle, and always keep your garage door closed and locked.
2. Put today's security technology to good use. If you already have a security system, test it regularly to ensure that it is working properly, and then make sure that you set the alarm. If you do not own a home security system, having one installed before the holidays arrive could help you prevent a break-in. Thieves are less likely to prey on homes that have alarms and other security deterrents, because these devices increase the chances that they will get caught. Video security cameras can offer an additional layer of protection over the holidays, and if a break-in does happen, they can provide valuable evidence that can help police identify the responsible party. Check out www.securitycamerasdirect.com for more info on video security.
3. Plan any holiday travel with your home security in mind. Call the post office and have your mail held, and cancel your daily newspaper delivery to make it less obvious that the house is unoccupied. Never hide a spare key outdoors in a spot where thieves can find it. Instead, leave it with a trusted neighbor, make sure they have your alarm code, and ask them to park their car in your driveway occasionally while you are gone. Set some interior lights and a television on timers so thieves who are looking for an easy target will think someone is at home. Resist the urge to share your holiday travel details or photos on social media while you are away, and do not leave a greeting on your voice mail that indicates you are out of town.
Taking security precautions now can allow you to enjoy a safer, worry-free holiday that is filled with only the best the season has to offer.