The holiday season is finally here! As you prepare to spend some quality time with friends and family, there are a few holiday safety tips to consider. This time of year, it isn’t uncommon for burglars to target specific homes—looking for items, like: cash, jewelry, watches, small electronics, guns and more.
Homes without a security system are three times more likely to be burglarized. Good thing you (hopefully) have an ADT home monitoring system! But, if you currently don’t have one, don’t leave things up to chance any longer. It’s time to protect your home and your loved ones 24 hours a day; seven days a week. ADT home monitoring is the solution to having a complete peace of mind.
We’ve compiled a list of safety tips that can help minimize the likelihood of you experiencing a home invasion; here they are:
- Keep your lawn well landscaped. It’s essential to keep your trees and bushes from hiding the view of potential entryways. Try to keep all windows and doors from being visibly blocked. A burglar could take an unruly landscape to their advantage.
- Keep all presents and valuables from being out in the open. It’s beautiful to see everyone’s holiday lights outside and a number of Christmas trees in people’s windows. Unfortunately, these very things that attract you also attract the unwanted attention of potential burglars. It’s crucial to keep all of your presents and valuables away from plain view. It just puts a bad spin to the phrase, “window shopping.”
- Remember to lock all of your windows and doors—even if you are home. You never know when a home invasion will occur. Surprisingly, a high number of burglars will even enter from the front door. Also, don’t leave a spare key outside…no matter how well you think it’s hidden. People are inventive…someone could find it easily under that inconspicuous rock or pot.
- If you are going out of town, don’t share your holiday plans on social media. It’s a great way to broadcast which days a potential burglar could “come on over.”
- Set your holiday lights on an automatic timer. If you are away, it’s a good idea to make it look like people could be home.
- Ask your mail carrier to hold your mail; do the same with your newspaper service.
- Be cautious of anyone doing door-to-door solicitations during this time of year. They could be scouting the area.
- Be careful how you toss out empty boxes that contained presents. Putting these out for recycling advertises the contents that’s now inside your home.
We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season! Please contact us for any other holiday safety questions!