Important Tips to Keep Your Home Secure This Holiday Season

With the holidays upon us, we find ourselves in a frenzy of preparation. So protecting your residence against a home invasion is a necessity whether you are spending time at home or traveling to visit family. It is important to remember that this exciting time of the year is the peak season for burglaries and break-ins.

While your home security system is the most effective defense against these types of risks, additional steps can be taken to provide your home with the highest level of protection. Following these basic steps will ensure a joyous and safe holiday season for you and your loved ones.

Five Simple Steps to Protect Your Home Against Unwanted Intruders

1. Secure all doors and windows.  Make sure your regular doors have dead bolts installed and locked, especially the door leading to the garage. Don’t rely on an automatic garage door opener to enter your home. For sliding glass doors, cut a wooden pole or thick dowel that matches the length of the sliding track when the door is closed. This simple trick can keep the door from being compromised.

2. Decrease valuable visibility.  Move expensive appliances away from windows and out of sight. Visibility of these items can attract burglars to your home.

3. Exterior lighting.  Exterior lighting and motion sensors to light up your house at night. The extra lighting will make it more difficult for intruders to enter without being seen.

4. Maintain the shrubbery at your entrances.  Keep shrubbery trimmed so the interior of your home is visible and burglars can’t hide undetected.

5. Use your alarm.  Your alarm system is the most effective line of defense. Remember to make sure that it is installed and programmed properly. Also, make sure the security system warning sign is visible. Burglars are less likely to break into a home with a security system.

Holiday Travel Checklist

With the holidays, comes an increase in burglaries. Implementing a few extra security measures before you leave for vacation could prevent your home from being targeted.

• Stop the mail paper.  Piles of mail and newspapers are a dead giveaway that you are not home. Ask a neighbor to stop by daily to pick up your mail and newspapers have them stopped.

• Leave a light on.  Using timers to light parts of your house while you are gone is a good way to give potential intruders the appearance that someone is home.

• Keeping your neighbors informed.  Letting your neighbors know when you will be gone will give your house extra protection and allow them to report anything suspicious.

• Alert the Police.  If you plan to be gone for an extended period of time, let your local police know. They may periodically drive by your home.