While it is nice to think that everyone is filled with holiday cheer and goodwill toward men this holiday season, the reality is that some see the holidays as an opportunity to take rather than give. The theft rate actually spikes during the holidays, which means it is important to keep your home and your vehicle safe. Wondering what you can do to protect your valuables? There are many simple steps you can take.
Add A Home Security System – While this option may seem a bit drastic to some, it is one of the best ways to deter theft. A home security system or security cameras can certainly keep burglars away for fear of getting caught. They can also help you catch the burglar should they still attempt to break into your home. Other options exist such as motion activate lighting on the outside of your property. The best part is that this system will protect you year round, and many systems can also detect other issues in the home including fire and carbon monoxide.
Keep Your Doors Locked, Even When Entertaining – Many homeowners choose to leave their doors unlocked when they host parties and family gatherings in order to allow guests to come and go as they please. Of course, this could invite unwanted guests who may sneak in and sneak out quietly while you are distracted by entertaining. By locking the door you force yourself to greet and send off all guests as they arrive and leave. This will offer you quality one on one time with your guests and will keep your home safe from theft while you are entertaining.
Don’t Hide A House Key Under The Doormat – It is common for homeowners to leave a key for relatives that may be visiting under the doormat so that they can come and go as they please. You are safer by giving them their own set of keys while they visit that they can return to you when they are done. After all, if an unwanted visitor gets wind of your “hidden” house key, they are liable to invite themselves in while you are away.
If You Don’t Trust Or Know All Of Your Guests, Hide Your Valuables – It may be hard to think that the people you are sharing your holidays with may not be trust worthy, but if you aren’t sure it is best to keep easily pocketed valuables safely tucked away. After all, someone may bring home a new friend or significant other that the family doesn’t know who may have sticky fingers. Tucking away a few valuables may save you some heartache as well as some awkward family conversations.
Don’t Hide Valuable Presents In Your Car – Many vehicle owners will use their vehicle to hide Christmas presents, but it is best to be careful when doing so. After all, if a thief sees bags of freshly bought goodies sitting in the backseat they may be liable to break in and see what they can get. Always make sure you hide truly expensive presents, and it may be best to drop them off at home before continuing your shopping adventure.
Be Careful What You Post On The Internet – This rings true for many reasons, but it is best to not risk educating thieves when you will be out of the house at a party and when you purchase a valuable and desirable present. While you may trust all of your social media friends, you don’t know who their friends are that may also see your posts. It is always best practice to not brag about valuable objects or money on social media and it is best to not give a thief a timeline of when you will be away from home.
A few small precautions will help protect your home and car from theft this holiday season. Be smart about your home and your guests and you will certainly have a safe and happy holiday. If you are looking for a great rate on quality home or car insurance, call the experts at ABCO Insurance Agency today! We can help you protect your property all year round.
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