1. Put lights in several rooms on timers
Making your home appear occupied is one of the best things you can do to dissuade burglars. Someone watching your house may eventually notice if a light is left on constantly. But, by putting lights on timers, you can emulate the look of an occupied dwelling. And, don’t neglect the daytime hours. More than half of all burglaries occur during the day; and, burglars tend to do more damage then, with an average take of over $2,000 in goods. Newer digital timers even have random settings so you can have lights go on and off throughout the day and night.
2. Have the post office hold your mail
Have your newspaper delivery put on hold, as well. Newspapers and uncollected mail are dead giveaway.
3. Do not announce your vacation on social media
Thieves looking for houses to break into do searches for words like “vacation,” “trip” and “out of town” in status updates. From there, it’s no trouble at all to look up your address. Avoid posting even if you have your privacy settings locked down. Some thieves make spoof accounts that look like they belong to people you know. As much as we love to share our happy experiences in real time, it can be much safer to tell your online friends about your trip when you get back in town.
4. Have a friend stop by daily
One way burglars test to see if someone is home is putting flyers for pizza or lawn service on people’s doors. When flyers stay up, it’s a clue that no one is around. Have a friend pop by to look for items like those and dispose of them.
Undisturbed snow is also a tip-off that a house is currently unoccupied. When friends come in, they can make tracks that show that someone has been at the house. Hire someone to keep your walk shoveled while you are gone, as well.
A friend can also check your house daily to make sure that it does not look like anyone has tried to gain entrance while you are gone.
5. Don’t have packages delivered while you are away
More and more of us doing our Christmas shopping online. It can be tough to predict when deliveries are coming. To be safe, ask a friend if you can use his or her address for packages that might arrive while you are gone. If you’ve already made holiday orders, sign up for text message alerts for package tracking. This way, you can call someone to come by your house right away if a surprise package arrives.
It only takes a little preparation to ensure that your home stays safe in the holiday season. By taking these precautions, you can enjoy family and travel without risking a break-in while you are away.