As the holiday season is in full swing, we sometimes find it easy to let down our guard. However, this simple reminder of do’s and don’ts can make a big difference in your safety this holiday season!
Don’t post all of your holiday travel plans on social media. It’s hard to not tell friends about the fun holiday trip you and your family planned, but keep those plans offline. Burglars often use social media to find out who is going to be traveling and what days their house will be empty.
Do notify a neighbor about when you will be gone. This way, you have someone you trust looking out for your home and will be more aware of any suspicious activity.
Don’t leave store boxes on display at the curb or in your trash. Burglars can easily case your home by simply driving by or going through your trash can, especially if it’s placed outside well before the garbage truck comes.
Do cut up boxes into smaller pieces and wait to put your trash cans out right before trash pick up.
Don’t leave all your lights off when you are away on vacation. Having a dark house is a giveaway sign that no one is home.
Do put your lights on a schedule using your home automation app. Having a light or two on at night won’t leave you so susceptible to break ins.
Don’t display all your presents under the tree by the window. Not only does this allow burglars to see how many gifts you’ve purchased, it also gives them easier access to break a window and steal all of the presents.
Do keep your tree and gifts further away from or out of site of windows and doors. If you having the tree by a window is a holiday decoration must have, keep your blinds drawn so that gifts aren’t in plain view from the outside looking in.
Don’t forget to always check your locks on windows and doors. It seems obvious, but locked windows and doors are the simplest way to prevent a burglary.
Do enjoy your family, friends, and loved ones this holiday season!