It’s tough to believe it’s nearly December. Pumpkin spiced lattes are back, sweaters are emerging from the depths of our closets and holiday travel plans are well underway. Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be but a memory and Christmas will be upon us.
Ah, fall. A time for loved ones, comfort food and … burglaries?
Yes, burglaries. According to the FBI, nearly 400,000 burglaries occur annually in the US during November and December alone! Apparently holiday travel + presents under the tree = a burglar’s dream come true. So if you’re planning to take a trip this season to visit loved ones, be sure to follow these holiday safety tips to keep your home protected and safe.
You’d never post a sign on your front door telling strangers you’re away, and you shouldn’t do it online either. If you’re out of town this holiday season, be careful what you post on Facebook and never share details like your home’s address or when you’ll be away. Also, be sure you switch off location services on social apps and sites and hold off on posting your vacation pics until you’re back at home. If you simply can’t wait until you’re back to share, adjust your social media settings so only your close friends and family can see your updates.
2. Post a sign
Another easy way to keep burglars away from your home is to post security and surveillance signage around your house. According to a recent study, about 60% of burglars indicated that the presence of a home alarm system would cause them to seek an alternative target altogether. Moral of the
story study? Make your home look like it’s tough to break into and many burglars won’t even try.
3. Use your neighbors
Your neighbors can be a great asset when trying to keep your home safe while you’re gone. If you’re planning a trip, ask neighbors you trust to take out your trash, collect your mail and keep a general eye on things for you. Another easy thing they can do to make it look like someone’s home is to park their cars in your driveway until you return. The more the cars move, the better!
4. Schedule your lights
On that note, another great way to make it look like someone is home is to put your lights on a schedule. With a Wi-Fi Smart Plug, it’s really easy to do. Just plug a Smart Plug into any open outlet in your home, plug a light in and create on/off light schedules right from your smartphone or tablet.
5. Keep your gifts to yourself
If you’ve been doing a lot of holiday shopping and have purchased big ticket items, be discrete when you throw away the packaging. Don’t put empty television boxes or Tiffany’s bags on the curb for everyone to see because nothing tempts a thief like the prospect of expensive gifts under the tree. On that same note, don’t post about all your shiny new toys online – burglars have Facebook too.
6. Use security cameras
Even if you’re followed all of this advice and have done all you can to keep your home safe while you’re away, it’s still nice to be able to check in on things to make sure everything secure. So my last piece of advice is to set up a Wi-Fi security camera so you can see a live view of your house from anywhere, anytime – right from your mobile device. With a Wi-Fi Camera at home, you can enjoy peace of mind and stop worrying about what’s happening at home and start worrying about how to make room for a second slice of pumpkin pie.