All the carols tell us that this is “the most wonderful time of the year!” But a lot can go wrong over the holidays. As you dive into the season, these tips will help keep you and your home safe:
‘Tis the season of giving, but it also attracts sticky fingers. Theft tends to rise in the months of November & December. To help keep your holiday season merry and bright, here are a few more safety tips to keep you and your property secure.
Secure your property
- Be sure to lock your doors and windows and make sure they are in good repair.
- Keep valuable items out of sight from anyone looking in from outside the house.
- Do not keep spare keys in places obvious to burglars, such as under a flower pot or fake rock.
- Always lock your vehicle, remove valuable items or conceal them from view if parked in the driveway.
Don’t be easy an easy target when doing your holiday shopping:
- Always be aware of your environment and don’t overload yourself with packages to carry to your car.
- Secure bags and valuables before exiting or entering parked vehicle and public transit facilities.
- Carry your purse close to your body and never leave your purse in a shopping cart, stroller or over the back of your chair at a restaurant.
- More & more people are purchasing their gifts online and having them shipped to their home. With this trend, more people are having their packages stolen right off their front porch. Be sure to collect delivered mail and packages as soon as possible and request signature confirmations for more valuable ones.
- Dispose of your presents’ boxes creatively – placing that 60″ TV box outside on trash day is is just asking for trouble. Try to break down the boxes so as not to advertise all the great gifts inside.
When you are away from home
Thieves don’t typically approach homes that appear to be occupied! These tips will help make your home look lived-in when you are away.
- Use timers on electronic items like lights, radios and televisions to make them go on and off during the day and night to make your home appear occupied.
- Stop mail & newspaper delivery or have a trusted neighbor pick up anything left at your home.
- Keep landscaping neat and trimmed.
- Ask a neighbor or friend to park their vehicle in your driveway.
It’s better to be safe than sorry. These additional precautions will make you home harder to hit.
- Ask neighbors to watch your home and report any suspicious activities.
- Leave your itinerary with a neighbor so you can be contacted in an emergency.
- Disconnect your electric garage door opener and padlock the door on the inside.
- If you have a burglar alarm, set it and notify your alarm company that you will be away. Provide the alarm company with an up-to-date list of people to contact about the alarm.