Securing Your Home Against Theft: Essential Tips for the Holiday Season

As the holiday season approaches, many of us look forward to traveling and celebrating with loved ones. However, this joyous time can also be prime time for burglars. With more than $463 billion worth of items stolen from residences annually, as reported by the FBI (not to mention the immeasurable value when someone’s heirlooms and piece of mind are stolen), it’s clear that home security should be a top priority. Here’s a guide on how to secure your home against theft, especially when you’re away during the holidays.

1. Install an Alarm System

A staggering 75% of American homes don’t have a security system, making them 300% more likely to be targeted by burglars. An alarm system, whether it’s a comprehensive electronic setup or even the presence of a dog, can significantly deter potential intruders. In addition to the major monitored alarm vendors like Brinks and ADT, many systems are available for purchase that don’t require complex wiring or installation, including Ring, SimpliSafe and Roku.

2. Manage Your Mail and Yard

An overflowing mailbox or an unkempt yard are dead giveaways that no one is home. Arrange for someone to collect your mail and consider hiring a yard service or trading services with a friendly neighbor during your absence to maintain the appearance of an occupied home.

3. Trim Trees and Shrubs

Overgrown landscaping can provide cover for burglars. Keep your bushes trimmed and maintain clear sight lines to your windows and doors to prevent your garden from becoming a burglar’s ally.

4. Strengthen Doors and Windows

Weak doors and windows are inviting entry points for burglars. Invest in sturdy doors with deadbolt locks and reinforced frames. For windows, consider additional window locks as well as security film or bars to make them less vulnerable.

5. Illuminate Your Exterior and Interior

Darkness is a burglar’s best friend. Counteract this by using automatic outdoor lights, motion-sensor lights, and smart light bulbs in the interior of your home that are set on a timer to simulate someone being home.

6. Install Security Cameras

Security cameras, including traditional CCTV or smart doorbell cameras, are excellent deterrents. These might be part of your alarm system or can be a standalone wireless system like Blink or Arlo. They not only discourage burglars but also provide valuable evidence in the event of a break-in, because most will store video in real-time to the cloud – so even if the burglar steals the camera, it’s caught them in the act of doing so!

7. Consider Your Home’s Location

Isolated properties are more susceptible to burglaries due to the lower risk of burglars being caught. If your home is in a remote location, bolster its security with cameras and lights more than you might in a densely populated area.

The holiday season should be a time of joy and relaxation, not worry over home security. By implementing these measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of becoming a burglary statistic and enjoy your time away with peace of mind. Remember, the key to a safe home is a combination of vigilance, preparation, and awareness.

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