HOW TO KEEP THIEVES OUT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
As you get ready to celebrate the holidays, a home filled with gifts is at risk of being burglarized. Several holiday habits can make you a target for criminals. If your holiday plans include a plane, train, bus or car, you’re leaving your house unattended during a very vulnerable time of year! Burglary numbers usually reach their highest point during the holiday season, with 400,000 burglaries occurring between November and December, according to the FBI.
With burglary rates this high in the U.S., locking up your home may not be sufficient to keep thieves out. Burglars hit day and night and being prepared is the best way to avoid being a victim of home theft. Keep in mind thieves not only target homeowners but renters are just as likely to be the victims of property crime.
By working with the police and our neighborhood committee, we have gathered 12 security tips to keep your home & family safe this Holiday Season.
1. Keep gifts out of view. Don’t keep presents in places where they are easily seen.
2. Ensure your home looks occupied at all times. Leave a light or radio on to make it appear there is someone home.
3. Ensure all doors and windows are securely shut and locked. Festive lights displayed on the outside of a home with their wires running inside, through a window or door, can make it difficult to secure doors and windows properly.
4. Unattended parcels. Doing your shopping online this year? Make sure someone is there to receive deliveries and don’t give permission for them to be left on the door step. Alternatively, send them to a neighbor’s home or your place of work.
5. Dispose of all wrappers and boxes. Leaving empty boxes and wrapping outside your home will show a burglar all the lovely gifts you have received this Christmas. Break them down as small as you can and put them in black bags to disguise their contents.
6. Don’t keep receipts with presents. Shred any unwanted receipts and don’t put them in with the regular trash.
7. Make friends with your neighbors. If you are going to be away for longer than a day, arrange for a neighbor to keep an eye on your home. Just by taking in the mail and opening and shutting curtains for you, it can help to prevent unwanted attention from prying eyes.
8. Cancel regular deliveries. Avoid making it obvious you’re away by cancelling paper deliveries. These can stack up outside the front door, making it obvious no one is around.
9. Switch off Christmas lights and electrical items when you’re not around. Make sure these are turned off when you are out of the house to eliminate the possibility of fires caused by electrical items.
10. Naked flames. Don’t leave candles unguarded in the home or positioned on wooden or flammable surfaces.
11. Avoid Social Media. Avoid sharing too much information about where you are, when you’re going, or what you’ve got. Don’t ‘check-in’ and be careful when posting pictures. Burglars are increasingly using sites such as Facebook and Twitter to identify potential targets.
12. Consider home security. If you don’t already have one, think about having an intruder alarm installed. Burglars will typically go for the easy option, so an unprotected home will stand out amongst those that are clearly alarmed.
Home Burglary Data to Make you Think…
- Burglars will case your property and wait for occupants to leave.
- A burglar will sometimes knock at a front door to determine if a home is occupied.
- Back yard windows or back doors are the usually the entries they try first.
- Master bedrooms are targeted first for jewelry.
- About 30 percent of all burglaries are through an open or unlocked window or door.
- Nearly 66 percent of all burglaries are residential break-ins.
- Homes without security systems are up to 300% more likely to be broken into.
- Every 13 seconds a home intrusion is committed.
- Only 17% of the homes in U.S. have a security system.
Taking the time to burglar proof your home will make it hard for your home to be targeted for theft. Precautions and smart decisions can make a difference this time of year. Get Involved & work together with your family and neighbors to make your neighborhood a safe area.
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