If you have holiday travel plans, you’re probably focused more on your destination than how your house will fair while you’re gone. However, it’s important to remember that your empty house is appealing to burglars. To prevent leaving an easy target behind, be sure to follow these holiday home security dos and don’ts.
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There’s nothing like a driveway full of days-old newspapers to alert a burglar that you’re out of town. The easiest option is to call your newspaper carrier and put a temporary hold on your deliveries. If you’ll be gone for more than a week, or you’re expecting a package, you should also arrange to have your mail held at the post office until you return.
Plug a front room lamp into a timer so the lights turn on for a few hours every evening. For a more high-tech option, install a smart device that allows you to control the lamp remotely. Burglars are put off by interior illumination because it might mean someone is home, and the light makes it easier for passersby to spot them doing their nefarious deeds through the window.
To make sure breaking in is worth the effort, some burglars will scope out houses in advance. Make your home less desirable by keeping jewelry, cash, electronics, and other valuables out of view of the windows.
It’s wise to let your next door neighbors in on your travel plans, especially if you’re planning on an extended absence. At the very least, ask them to keep an eye on your property. You might also ask them to check your mail, bring in your newspaper, shovel your driveway if it snows, and park their car in front of your house. These favors make it seem like someone is home.
You’re excited to share your adventures with friends and family on social media, but resist the urge to make public travel announcements and post pictures until you return. This way, you don’t inadvertently advertise your absence to burglars who might be stalking your account.
Locking the doors and windows is a basic security measure that might not be enough to deter a burglar who has his mind set on robbing your house. A home security system with motion sensor lights, security cameras, window and door contacts, and monitored alarms will provide you much greater peace of mind than just locking the door and hoping for the best.
Trinity Wiring & Security Solutions installs these systems in homes across the DC metro area. In addition to burglary prevention, our systems also come with home automation features, flood detection, fire protection, and more to guard against all sorts of threats.
From making your home appear occupied to boosting your home security measures, these dos and don’ts will give you peace of mind while you’re traveling for the holidays. Let Trinity Wiring & Security Solutions set up a security system in your home that has all the features you want at an affordable price.
If you think one of our security packages is right for your needs, call us at 800-613-1874 or contact us online to begin the installation process.
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