It’s the most wonderful time of the year. At least that’s what Andy Williams sang. If you are traveling to see friends and family during this holiday season, here are some tips to help keep your home safe.
- Keep your travel plans off social media. As tempting as it is to tag yourself at an airport or to post on Facebook and tag all your family and friends that you’re excited to see them in X number of days, it just alerts everyone that you are away, and you never know who is watching.
- Limit your information on your luggage tags. If you are traveling through the airport, limit your information on your luggage tags; don’t put your address on them. Putting your address on your luggage tag, especially if you are checking bags, just alerts everyone in the line around you, and the baggage handlers as well, that you are not home. Instead, put your address on a piece of paper and put it inside your luggage.
- Notify a trusted neighbor. If you are planning to go out of town during the holiday season, be sure to notify your neighbor. Ask them to keep an eye on your house and report any suspicious activity. If someone is house-sitting for you, tell your neighbor which car they drive and who will be staying there in your absence.
- Make your house look like someone is home. To deter a burglary while you are away, there are simple steps you can take. If you live in a colder climate, have someone keep your walkways clear of snow and ice. Have someone pickup your mail and newspapers. Lastly, timers for indoor and outdoor lights are an inexpensive way to make it look like someone is home.
- Conceal valuables in inconspicuous places. If you have jewelry, guns, electronics or other valuables, lock them up in a safe or conceal them in inconspicuous places before you leave. Ovens, freezers, the laundry room, in shoes, bowls in the kitchen, these are all places off the top of my head, but I’m sure you can think of places in your home that would be the last place a burglar would look. They are looking for a quick grab-and-go, so the harder it is to find things, the less they will take (in theory).
I wish for you safe travels and the happiest of holidays!