There’s a spike in home burglaries during the holiday season. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help protect your property while celebrating with loved ones.
1. Turn on your home’s exterior lights once it gets dark.
Light can dramatically reduce your chance of experiencing crime. In fact, Stanford University recently found that murder and rape decreased by 43% and 56%, respectively, in that extra hour of sun you get each night during Daylight Savings Time. So, when the sun’s not on your side, find alternate sources of light. By turning on your home’s exterior lights after nightfall, you let criminals know that they’re not hidden, and potential witnesses can see them.
2. Run errands during the daytime.
Criminals want to strike when you’re not home, but they also want the cover of darkness (for the same reasons listed above). SO, by being home – and making it evident that your home (with lights, TV, etc.) – at night, you make it harder for a burglar to strike. Plus, by running your errands and visiting friends while it’s still light out, you help maximize your safety while out and about.
3. Be discreet with your holiday presents.
You’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t put your Christmas tree and/or any wrapped presents in front of a window rendering your treasures visible from the street. The same rule of thumb goes for your trash after everyone has opened their presents. Break down the boxes from big-ticket items (like televisions or gaming systems), only showing the inside of the cardboard. This way, criminals won’t know for sure that have new, expensive items inside.
4. Install an affordable home security system.
Oftentimes, if a criminal sees that you have a home security system installed, they’ll move on to an easier target. However, in the off chance that a burglar still tries to enter your home, a home security system could make all the difference. For instance, a home alarm recently helped police catch a burglar in the act in Pacific County. Get your security system today.
5. Have a trusted friend take care of your home while you travel.
When you go out of town, having a trusted friend take a of our house is a must. Piled up newspaper or mail are a dead giveaway to burglars that the homeowner is out of town. This trusted friend should also shovel your driveway. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season.