3 Holiday Burglary Prevention Tips

With plenty of holidays coming up, it can indeed be the most wonderful time of the year. However, it can also be a dangerous time, as break-ins are usually on the rise during this season. Read on to learn 3 burglary prevention tips during holidays.

Don’t Advertise
Don’t post your family name on your mailbox or on you house. A burglar can call directory assistance to get your telephone number and call your home while in front of your house to confirm that you are away.
Don’t leave descriptive telephone answering machine messages like, “You’ve reached the Wilson’s…we’re away skiing for the Christmas holidays…please leave a message.” Burglars love to hear that they have plenty of time to break in and completely ransack your home.   Source: Crimedoctor

Check your Security
Heading out of town? Do a security check of your home before you leave? Walk the perimeter, and think like a burglar. Are there any easy points of entry or “welcome” signs for a burglar? Test all windows and doors to make sure they are secure, uncompromised, and locked.
Home automation is a great tool to use when you travel, enabling you to make it look like someone is home. You can use home automation to program lights, your television, or other devices, to come on and off throughout your house. The best part is, if you forget to program the lights before you leave, you can still do it from the road using a smartphone or computer. Source: Alarmrelay

Create the Illusion of Someone Home
Beyond setting your lights on a timer, you can also set the television and radio on a timer to create the typical noise and flickering lights of an average family home at night. But wait, that’s not all! Leave a car in the driveway. Arrange for someone to mow at least once a week (an unruly lawn is as bad as a pile of mail). During the winter, arrange for snow removal in case of a storm (neighborhood kids are great for this, if you get their parents’ word that they’ll remember). If you normally leave toys outside, or keep a hose unrolled, or do anything that shows signs of a home being lived in, don’t tidy up too much before you leave. Source: Safesoundfamily

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