The holidays are a time for family, friends, and unfortunately, burglaries. According to the FBI, burglaries peak during the summer months and then again during the winter holidays. Burglars are looking for easy targets, and often times an unoccupied home is an easy target. Here are some tips on how to protect your home this holiday season.
1. Get a Home Security System
One of the best ways to protect your home is to install a home security system. A home security system will deter burglars and alert the authorities if there is a break-in. There are many different types of home security systems on the market, so do your research to find one that best fits your needs.
2. Don’t Post Your Travel Plans on Social Media
If you’re going out of town for the holidays, resist the urge to post your travel plans on social media. Burglars often look for homes that are unoccupied, and by posting your travel plans on social media, you’re essentially giving them a heads-up that your home will be empty. If you must post about your travels, wait until after you’ve returned home to do so.
3. Ask a Neighbor to Watch Your House
If you’re going to be out of town for an extended period of time, ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your house while you’re gone. They can pick up your mail, put out any packages that are delivered, and keep an eye out for suspicious activity. If you don’t have any neighbors or friends nearby, you can also hire a professional house-sitting service.
4. Keep Your Valuables Out of Sight
Burglars often target homes that have valuables in plain sight. If you have anything of value in your home, make sure it’s not visible from the street or any windows. You should also keep all doors and windows locked at all times, even when you’re home.
The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. Unfortunately, they can also be a time when your home is at risk for burglaries or theft. Follow these simple tips to help keep your home safe and secure this holiday season. Have you tried any of these methods? If not, what’s stopping you? Contact us today to learn more about how we can help protect your home while you celebrate the season with those you love.