Keeping you home safe during the holidays



Keep Your Home Safe When You’re Away

The holiday season is a time for spending time with the people you care about. Often, it involves being away from your home when visiting friends and relatives. Thieves are also aware of this, and they are on the prowl to find the homes that are the most vulnerable for break-in. Keeping your home safe during the holidays can be done by taking a few measures that will make it harder and less attractive for criminals.

Install a security system

There are several good home security systems available and you don’t have to break the bank for this kind of protection. You can get a good monitoring service from between $19 to $60 per month, depending on which features you choose. Some systems will allow you to access perimeter cameras with your smart phone from wherever you are. You’ll receive alerts that let you know if there is a potential burglar and local law enforcement is dispatched to catch a criminal in the act. Most often, thieves avoid homes with security systems and will go for the ones that are unprotected.

Make your home look occupied

When it looks like there are people home, there is less risk of break in because burglars are usually looking for the easiest targets. Some of the more sophisticated criminals will make a few drive bys to scan the neighborhood for houses that are left empty by people who are gone for the holidays. You can make it look like there are people coming and going from your home to lessen your risk.

Leave a car parked in the driveway

This is particularly important for hours after dark. You could also have a friend house sit while you are gone, or stop by to feed pets or to turn lights on in the evening. These are effective ways to make it look like someone is home. If there isn’t anyone who can do this for you, make an investment in a timer system. They’re not expensive and you can set them to turn lights on and off at different times.

Ask neighbors to keep an eye on your home

Let trusted neighbors know that you will be gone. Most people are willing to call in suspicious activity, especially if it is right next door to them. They may need you to return the favor. It’s not a good idea to advertise the fact that you’ll be out of town, but if a few good neighbors are aware, they can help to add to your home’s security. Make sure to give them a contact number so they can reach you if there is an issue.

Don’t let mail or newspapers collect in the boxes

A telltale sign that nobody’s home is a stack of mail or newspapers in the boxes. There are a couple of ways to solve this problem. You could arrange for someone to gather it for you daily or you can call the service providers and have them hold your mail and papers until you return home. There are advantages to having the service continue because thieves that case neighborhoods will see that papers are being delivered and that someone is picking them up daily. Either method you go with will be helpful.

Double check all locks

Thieves can gain access through an unlocked window or garage. It pays to do a double check. This includes every window in the house and door. Make sure that all outbuildings are secured as well, especially if there are valuables inside, or if there is access to the house through a garage.

Just a little planning can make a big difference in how well your home is protected while you’re away. It doesn’t take a lot of effort and you’ll enjoy greater peace of mind. Keeping your home safe during the holidays can be done with a few phone calls and by taking the steps to make it less appealing to would be criminals.