Helpful Holiday Home Security Tips

The holidays are a special time when families and friends come together to celebrate the season. It is also the time of year where families and friends are most generous and practice the tradition of gift giving. It should be a joyous and happy time for all of us.

Unfortunately for us, home burglars view the holiday season a little differently. For them, it is a time of opportunity to burglarize your home for cash, credit cards, and all the new gifts of small electronics, computers, jewelry, and easily sold valuables.

Here are a few tips of what they look for when shopping for a house to burglarize.

These tips will help you enjoy the holidays without incident.

  • Burglars look for an easy entry with good escape routes. Don’t openly display your Christmas tree and gifts in the front window so it’s easily visible from the street. It’s too tempting for them to smash the window and grab the wrapped packages.

  • Burglars look for occupancy cues like outdoor lights burning 24 hours a day, piled up newspapers, or advertising flyers hanging on the door knob. Use smart-lights when you are away and ask a neighbor to keep the front of your home clean of papers and debris.  

  • Burglars know to look for the hidden door key near the front entrance. Don’t hide spare keys under rocks, in flowerpots, or above door ledges. Instead give the spare key to a trusted neighbor.  Better still, install smart-locks so you control who comes and goes.  

  • Burglars prefer to enter through unlocked doors or windows. Sliding windows that are not secure can be seen from distance. One holiday problem can occur when exterior Christmas light extension cords are run inside through a window and prevent it from being secured. Hire an electrician or handyman to install an inexpensive exterior outlet for your holiday lights.

  • Don’t mention your vacation on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter.

  • After Christmas day, don’t pile up empty gift boxes from your new computer, cell phones, or stereo receiver on the street for the garbage man. Burglars appreciate knowing that you have expensive gifts inside for them to steal. Break them down or cut them up to conceal the items better. After a lucrative burglary, the chances of being burglarized again are increased to steal the new replacement products.

  • Last, but not least, protect your home with a security system and video cameras for maximum protection and control.  

Please be sure to take every precaution to help protect your home.  For more information on home security options, please contact an EMC Security Consultant at 770-963-0305.

 

Helpful Holiday Home Security Tips

 

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