The holidays have always been a time for fun with family, joy with friends and rekindling old relationships. Whether it be opening gifts from under the Christmas tree or relaxing in front of a roaring fire with a cup of steaming hot chocolate, the holidays are often everyone’s favorite time of the year. However, the holidays also present the perfect opportunity for thieves and burglars to disrupt your plans and take the festive out of the season. Consequently, making smart decisions near the holidays concerning your home security and making your house safe if traveling becomes even more important. Below are some of the top things you can do to keep your home safe during the holiday season.

#1 Consider Purchasing a Home Security System:

When considering whether or not to purchase a home security system, many property owners share the same similar sentiment: I live in a safe neighborhood and the chances my home is broken into is slim to none. Unfortunately, even the nicest and safest homes in the US are prone to burglaries. In fact, a burglar may target nicer neighborhoods because of the belief that a larger home means a greater likelihood of a bigger pay off. However, there is no bigger deterrent for a burglar than a home with an alarm system. Although having that system monitored means paying for a home security monitoring service, it does not mean that this has to be expensive. In fact, many alarm companies offer monitoring services for less than $10 a month. This seems like a small price to pay to keep your family safe.

#2 Keep your Travel Plans on the Down Low:

An occupied home is much more likely to be broken into than one with a family living inside. Put simply, a home without anyone inside is much easier to burglarize and represents a much lower risk of being caught. If going away, don’t publicly advertise on Facebook, other social media websites or even at work about where you are going and for how long you will be gone. Instead, try to make your home appear lived in even while you are on vacation. Steps that can be taken include leaving a car in the driveway, purchasing an automatic timer for the lights and having the mail/newspaper stopped while away.

#3 Don’t Show Off your New Gifts:

Placing expensive opened gifts in a window or on the front porch is not a smart idea during the holiday season. A potential burglar is much more likely to break-in to a home that they know has a valuable inside than by taking a risk on a different home. Just as importantly, don’t place the boxes of pricey gifts in the trash or at the curb for the entire neighborhood to see. Instead, leave these items in your vehicle and take them to the dump.

Armed with this information, you should now be able to enjoy the holidays while knowing that your home and family are safe. While there is no guarantee of absolute security, taking even just one of these measures will help prevent a burglary from occurring during the holidays.

Home Safety for the Holidays