This year’s holiday season promises to be as busy and wonderfully hectic as ever — shopping and gift-giving, decorating and celebrating with friends and family. Unfortunately, it’s an equally busy time of year for home burglars.
On holidays, our homes are often filled with expensive gifts and people aren't thinking about home security the way they should. On top of the busy holiday pace of parties, shopping and events, many homes are left dark and empty more often than at other times of the year. Whether homeowners are out or just asleep upstairs, the spoils of holiday-timed thefts are just too tempting for many burglars.
A few safety measures and long term upgrades, coupled with common sense, can prevent your holiday season from being wrecked by unwanted guests. Follow these tips and enjoy a safer and happier holiday season:
Make your home look occupied.
Remember that nothing is more effective at deterring a burglar than the impression that the home is occupied. Make it look like it is by installing timers on your lights.
Store valuables in a secure place.
A home safe can be a great option for storing various valuables including important home and family-related documents.
Keep your garage door closed at all times.
Garage doors are a favorite point of entry for burglars. Keep the door from your garage into your home locked as well.
Installing a door closer may come in handy. Often times garage doors are not left open not by intention but by neglect.
Trim your shrubs
Be sure that your trees and shrubs don’t hide windows and doors. Blocked entrances can make it easier for burglars to get into your home unnoticed by neighbors and passers-by.
Leave spare keys only with trusted family members or neighbors you are close to. Use an outdoor key safe for storing spare keys rather than under the mat or in a plant pot.
Break-ins can be easily avoided by taking the proper precautions. So be prepared, make wise decisions and relax.While the holidays can be stressful, by following these tips, you’ll find yourself more at ease and ready to celebrate the season.