Avoid holiday burglaries this season with these tips!
The holiday season is a time of gift giving and goodwill, but there are those who take advantage of the season’s good spirits. Avoid holiday home burglaries with these helpful safety tips!
1. Don’t advertise your valuables.
Keep your gifts out of sight and away from windows. The likelihood of a burglary increases if thieves can see that you have something worth stealing. This goes for your post-holiday trash, too! Be mindful of what you’re throwing away. Boxes may indicate to burglars that a valuable gift awaits inside. Break down your boxes and wait until trash day to put them outside.
2. Use a light timer.
Lights usually indicate that someone is home, decreasing the risk for a burglary. Place your porch-light on a timer and set a regular schedule. That way when you head out of town for the holidays nothing will seem out of the ordinary.
3. Invest in an alarm or video monitoring system.
A video monitoring system allows you to check on your home while you’re away, while an alarm system alerts authorities in the event that someone tries to break-and-enter. They give you peace of mind while you’re away to ensure your home is safe.
4. Keep doors and windows secure.
Don’t run extension cords through the window! It leaves a perfect opportunity for burglars to enter your home. Ensure that your doors and windows locked to avoid any dangerous situations.
5. Take care of your mail and newspapers while you’re away.
An overflowing mailbox and a driveway littered with newspapers is a sure sign that you’re out of town and makes you a target for a holiday burglary. Have a friend or neighbor collect them for you, or call the post office to put a hold on your mail until you return.
6. Avoid social media announcements.
Don’t post your travel plans on social media! Burglars watch for signs that you won’t be home. An online post advertising that you’re out of town increases your chances of a break-in.
7. Be wary of solicitors.
It’s not uncommon for burglars to solicit your home for charities or pose as a salesperson to scope out the neighborhood before breaking-and-entering or to take advantage of your goodwill and take your cash donations. Never give cash, and ask to see an ID that connects them with the organization. If something seems off, you can always call the police.