The most important holiday season of the year is just round the corner, and many of you have surely started planning to spend a special time with your family members and friends. However, many of you may not be aware of the fact that this part of the year is the favorite time for the burglars, too. Global statistics suggest that a huge number of break-ins happen during the Christmas vacation because, at this time, home security requirements are forgotten or ignored in many households. Listed below are some useful tips to help your enjoy a worry free holiday this year.
- It has been observed that homes with easy entry and exit routes are burglarized more frequently. Also, make sure not to openly display your gift boxes or Christmas trees in a way that makes it easily visible from the adjoining street.
- Many of us often hide our spare keys is a disguised place near our front door. This is a dangerous habit because burglars know how and where to find them. Get rid of this habit and handover your spare keys to a trusted neighbor.
- Make sure that your festive lighting contractor does not keep your windows partially open so that they can feed extension cables through it. You may use battery operated or solar lights for outdoor lighting. It is also a good idea to install outdoor electrical outlets.
- Ladders and different gardening tools can be very useful for the burglars. Make sure no such item is lying around in your garden. Do not forget to secure your garage properly.
- Install new window hinges and deadbolts to secure your windows. Make use of timers while going out at night so that it appears that your home is not vacant.
You need to be even more careful if you are planning to away during this upcoming holidays. Try out these alternatives to avoid unwanted surprises on return.
- Pay your electricity bills on time so that all your electrically operated home security devices are operational in your absence.
- A pile of newspapers or an overflowing mailbox is nothing but the advertisement of an empty house. Organize your neighbors or friends to collect these items regularly in your absence.
- Use timers on some of the lamps inside the rooms in a way so that they come on every evening and switch off late at night.
- Ask a friend or neighbor to park his/her car in front of your entrance to create an impression that the house is not empty.
- While leaving for a vacation, do not leave any descriptive messages for the telephone’s answering machine.
- Do not share your holiday plans in any social media platform. Nowadays, many burglars look for potential targets making use of social media.