While you may not be traveling quite as far or for as long as normal during this holiday season, chances are you are still going to be leaving the house at some point. And if that’s the case, then you are leaving your home vulnerable to theft during a time when it likely has even more valuables inside than normal.
With the holidays right around the corner, now’s the time to begin planning how to protect your home from break-ins this season.
When you think holiday home security, do you automatically think about Home Alone? Not all of us can be masters of home defense like Kevin, but simple security measures can make all the difference. Check out the tips below to help you get a jump start this year.
Fake them out. That’s right. Even if you’re not at home, make it look like you are. Kevin had the right idea. Have your lights set to turn on and off on timers. Motion activated lights are also a good way to deter visitors. Hold the mail, including having packages kept at the Post Office or an Amazon locker. You can turn on the radio or TV to make it seem like someone is at home. Alexa even has an Away Mode to play conversations throughout the day to make it seem like someone is home. Ask a neighbor to take out and bring in the trash can as well. Nothing screams “not at home” like your trashcan being the only one on the block still out by the curb.
Lock it up. Obviously, ensure all your doors and windows are locked before heading out for the holidays. Don’t forget to make sure the garage is locked, and your spare key isn’t outside while you’re gone. If you don’t have a security system, having one installed or even just adding a smart doorbell and a camera on the back porch could be enough to deter thieves. Think about reinforcing your doors before you leave as well, including using heavy-duty strike plates.
Hold the posting. It’s tempting to let everyone on your social media channels know about your awesome Christmas vacation plans or the surprise Christmas present you received at your family’s cabin, but that also lets everyone know your house is empty. Hold off posting Christmas pictures that clearly show you out of your normal stomping grounds until you return, and don’t add a location to any posts.