The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is also the prime time of year for home burglaries. Robberies increase during December because thieves know that people are out shopping and filling their homes with valuable gifts and merchandise. To prevent a “Grinch” from stealing your Christmas and making your heart feel like it’s ten sizes too small, be aware and take care to protect yourself against theft. Here’s how:
- Did you know that more than half of home burglaries are termed “no force” entries by police?An unsecured home is an open invitation for burglars. Even if it is just for a quick trip the neighbor to borrow a cup of sugar for all of that cookie baking, get into the habit of making sure all doors and easily accessible windows are locked when you leave the house.
- It is also safest to lock the doors when you are home as well. It only takes a few minutes for someone to enter and exit a house they think is unattended.
- Do not leave keys or garage remotes in vehicles that are parked outside. Keep your residence well lighted.
- Ninety percent of all intruders will choose not to enter a home that is well lit. Dark properties attract home invasions and make it easier for thieves to go unnoticed.
- Install deadbolt locks and consider a home security system (or at least a sign saying you have one, as signage alone will prevent break-ins). This protect your family, increase the value of your home, and may qualify you for homeowners insurance discounts as well.
Burglary is devastating anytime, but it can be exponentially worse around the holidays. And it sure isn’t the kind of attention you want to draw to a home for sale. The good news is that by taking some simple precautions you can keep it from happening to you and ensure that your holiday season will be one of glad tidings of comfort and joy.
Lara Taylor – Realtor/Broker
Twitter – @AskForLara