It’s almost Christmas! That means panic may have already ensued in your household to get all of the presents bought and wrapped or mailed out if you have family out of state. Your tree is probably decorated. You probably have presents under the tree. However, while this time of year is a total blast for you, it can also be a great time for a burglar.
If you think about it, Christmas time is just about the only time of year that people leave their blinds wide open, curtains pulled back, and lights on for everyone in the neighborhood to see clearly into their home. Just as your friendly neighbors see your gorgeous Christmas decorations that you spent lots of time putting together, so do the people who are searching for a home to break in to this season.
None of us like to think about the bad things that could happen around this time of year. In fact, we make it a point to stay extra positive and seem to be happier around the holidays. Family, friends, gifts, food, football games…the list goes on and on. However, while you’re having a blast this Christmas, make sure that your home is secure and less tempting for a burglar by enacting these five safety practices.
1. Periodically Change Lights Schedule
Truth be told, it does make life a lot easier to set your Christmas lights on timers that automatically operate the schedule of lights in and around your home. However, if you are like most people, you will schedule the lights to come on when you’re home and to turn off when you go to sleep or when you leave for work the next day. This makes total sense. After all, you want to be the ones enjoying the lights and decorations.
However, by doing this, a burglar can pretty much pinpoint the exact times that you’re home, asleep, or out for work. Instead of making the same schedule each day, change things up a bit. Don’t make it so easy for a burglar to guess your routine.
2. Close Your Blinds During The Day
While your house does look stellar after dark with your Christmas lights glowing, there is no need for people to look into your home when the lights are off in the daylight. Try it. Go stand on the sidewalk or road in front of your home during the daylight. Based on how your curtains or blinds are situated, how well can you see into your home?
The last thing that you want is for everyone who passes by your house to see your Samsung 65” TV, PlayStation 4, jewelry stand in your bedroom, or your gun safe in the garage. Moreover, when blinds and curtains are not drawn, good chances are that if someone really wanted to, they could walk right up to your window and peek in.
This leaves us with an eerie feeling. However, instead of living in fear, you can make proactive choices to protect your home and belongings during the holiday season. Just make sure to close the blinds and pull the curtains before you leave tomorrow morning.
3. Double Check All Doors & Windows
Believe it or not, people forget to lock their front door every day. Locking the door gets overlooked in the mad dash out the door in the morning because you’re are late to work or school. Are you second guessing yourself if you locked the door right now?
It is always important to lock all doors. This means the front door. The back door. The side doors. The screen doors. The pet doors. The garage doors. And every other door in between.
It’s also important to make sure that all windows are locked securely. During the fall months, you may have opened a window or two to enjoy the crisp fall air. However, it’s essential to make sure that those windows are now closed securely for the rest of the season. You never want to make it too easy for a burglar to invite himself or herself inside.
4. Create A Neighborhood Watch
If you live in a neighborhood, reach out to your neighbors to create a neighborhood watch. Older people or stay-at-home parents who are home during the day can be a great asset to you as a working man or woman.
There are countless jokes about the “certain” neighbors in each neighborhood who are just down-right nosey. Yes, those folks can be annoying much of the time. However, around the holidays they can be extremely valuable. Make sure that your neighbors have your direct phone numbers to get ahold of you in case of emergency. This a great practice to put into place regardless of the time of year, but it’s just especially helpful around the holidays.
5. Stay Vigilant
Aside from these four holiday safety practices, utilize your security system if you have one already. Always stay vigilant. Look for unfamiliar vehicles that are never in the area. Stay up-to-date on your neighborhood news as far as break-ins are concerned and help look out for one another. The more eyes, the better.
Most of all, enjoy the holiday season. As we mentioned earlier, we do not need to live in fear. We can be proactive and protect our home this year and every year going forward. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us here at Boundless Moving & Storage.