Holiday Safety

by Linda

in Whidbey Island

lBurglerWhether you are staying home this year or visiting family, we want you, your family and your home to be safe. These tips will help ensure the safety of what matters most to you and allow you to enjoy your holidays wherever you may be, knowing that you have protected your home as best you can.

Have someone you trust pick up your mail and newspapers. Nothing tells a thief you are not home like a newspapers on your driveway and a stuffed full mailbox.

Put your holiday lights on an automatic timer. This prevents thieves from “learning” your habits by taking not of when your lights are turned on and off. It is also a good idea to put your indoor lights on an automatic timer if you are vacationing for the holidays.

Make sure your gifts and valuables are not visible from the street. If a criminal can easily see what is in your home, you increase the chance they will be tempted to come inside to steal the items.

Secure your home. Make sure all your doors and windows have functioning locks and install a home security system. The easiest way for thieves to get into your home is through unlocked doors and windows. Do not store a spare key outside.

Do not run extension cords for holiday lights through windows. Running extension cords through windows means that window cannot close and latch completely. This makes the window an easy entry point for burglars.

Do not post your holiday travel plans online. Broadcasting the location or duration of your trip on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter can be dangerous. It may be something exciting you really want to share, but be aware that you are blatantly telling criminals, “I’m not home”.

Be wary of people going door-to-door soliciting donations. This is a common ruse used by criminals. Ask to see an I.D. that connects them with the charity. Don’t feel pressured to give, trust your instincts and never give cash. Call 911 if you believe something is not right.

Don’t advertise the gifts you received. Placing your empty boxes outside for pickup shows thieves what is available inside your home. We encourage you to recycle, but be smart about it. Break the boxes down, turn them inside out, put them in your trash receptacle and don’t place them on the curb until collection day.

Add video monitoring to your security system. If your budget can afford it, pairing video monitoring and home automation allows you to check in on your house no matter where you are during the holidays. Of course as always let a neighbor know you are gone, so you have someone who would notice something suspicious.

HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!

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