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Shopping trips, holiday parties and family gatherings make the season one of the most anticipated and enjoyable times of year, but it is also a prime time for thieves and safety hazards. Learning more about the typical risks a homeowner faces in the holiday season allows you to prepare – and enjoy a safe and secure holiday season.
3 Ways to Keep your Home Secure this Holiday Season
You know the standard tricks – putting the lights on timers, letting neighbors know you’ll be gone and stopping your mail, but incorporate these tips the next time you leave home during the holiday season.
Don’t Share Your Plans
If you are one of the millions of Americans hitting the roads this holiday season, your home will sit empty for days at a time. Prevent tempting thieves by keeping your travel plans private. In today’s busy social media climate, it is natural to share travel plans and pictures while you are on the road. A thief seeing your picture of the family at the beach or on a cruise ship will know you are not at home in your snowbound state. That image may be all they need to add your home to their list of targets.
If you leave home after the holidays, don’t put the boxes from gifts out at the curb. The box for that flat screen television, gaming console or laptop will let thieves know exactly what they will be able to find in your home. Hide boxes or wait to recycle until you are home, just in case. If you are expecting packages, try to be home for the delivery and bring them in promptly, to avoid tempting thieves.
The month of December is the most dangerous of the entire year when it comes to electrical fires. Lights, dried out trees and new (but unsafe) decorations can contribute to risk. Don’t leave lights burning if they are damaged or if you will be out of town. Be sure to use a fake tree or keep your live one hydrated to ensure your risk is minimized, as well. Turn lights out at night to cut your risk and keep your home secure.
You’ll get more enjoyment from the holiday season when you know your home is safe and secure from harm. Taking these simple steps can prevent damages and loss and allow you to have an amazing holiday season.