For most families, the holiday season is the happiest time of year. Unfortunately, however, it is also a common time for crime to occur. This is because people often travel to visit friends and relatives over the holidays, leaving their homes unoccupied and, therefore, all too tempting to thieves. Thankfully, there are many steps you can take to diminish the risk of your family being victimized while you are away from home. You’ll find a helpful list of suggestions below.
- Make it look like you’re home – The single most crucial thing you can do to reduce the risk of home burglary when you’re gone is to make it appear that you actually at home. If, for example, you have smart light bulbs in your house, set them to come on at the time you would normally come home from work and turn off at the time you would typically go to bed. Leaving a TV on is also wise.
- Keep every window locked – Most Carolina homeowners keep the windows on their first floor locked the majority of the time. It is not altogether uncommon, though, for people to leave second-and third-story windows unlocked, especially if they frequently open them for ventilation purposes. Before you leave home during the holidays, make sure every window is locked. This will deter would-be thieves who can easily climb.
- Put mail delivery on hold – When mail piles-up, it is a telltale sign that nobody is home. If you and your family are going to be leaving town for the holidays, put your mail delivery on hold for the duration of your trip. USPS has a simple form you will need to fill out at your local Carolina post office.
- Involve friends and relatives – If you have locally-based friends or relatives, ask them to keep an eye on your house while you are away. There are several things they can do to deter the risk of theft. If, for instance, you live in a region of North Carolina or South Carolina where snow is common, make sure someone shovels your walkway and driveway. They can also periodically walk through your home to make sure nothing is out of place; this, of course, is more important during longer trips.
- Make sure your security system is functional – If you have a home security system, double-check that it is working properly before you leave for your holiday excursion. If you don’t have an electronic alarm, you may want to invest in a high-security locking system for your door. A new deadbolt, for instance, can go a long way toward preventing break-ins.
These suggestions are meant to help you rest more easily whenever you are preparing for a trip, particularly during the holiday season. This festive time of year is meant to be joyful and exciting, so it would be terrible to have it marred by a home break-in. By following the tips in this guide, you can keep your family’s belongings safe and secure at all times.