How to Protect Your Home from Burglary Over the Holidays

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How to Protect Your Home from Burglary Over the Holidays

The holidays are a time for celebrating and spending time with family and friends. For many burglars, however, it’s a time for preying on innocent victims and robbing them of their valuables, not to mention their sense of security and the fun and happiness that goes along with the holidays. 

Such was the case in the holiday burglary that occurred in Hebron, Connecticut just a few days before Christmas. According to Eyewitness News 3, the criminal stole all of the gifts that were delivered to her home from Amazon, along with a jewelry box that was in her bedroom. As the victim of this heartless crime told the reporter, “…even though she lost a great deal, the biggest thing she lost is her peace of mind.”

Taking extra steps to protect your home from burglary over the holidays is essential to the security of your personal possessions and peace of mind. This is especially true for holidays that involve traveling away from home to visit family or holidays that fill your residence with valuable gifts, because this is what burglars are looking for when it comes to deciding which home to target. 

The following is important information and security tips that can help protect your home from burglary over the holidays, as well as your peace of mind.

Home Security Tips to Protect Against Burglary Over the Holidays

  • Burglars prefer to break into homes when the residents are gone. To deter burglars, make it appear someone is always home by installing smart devices and timers to switch lights and/or other electronics such as a radio or television on and off at random intervals. 
  • Outdoor motion-activated LED lights and outdoor surveillance cameras can deter burglars from targeting your home. When it comes to your security lights, the brighter the better. If you cannot afford a home surveillance system as this time, a couple of strategically placed SMART dummy cameras can also serve as deterrents. Just be sure to place the cameras where the would-be intruder can easily see them but can’t reach them. 
  • Burglars target homes that ensure easy access and big rewards. It is for this reason that you do not want to set your Christmas tree in front of a window, as it will only entice a burglar to break in through the and grab as many gifts as he can manage to steal. You should also keep your curtains or blinds closed so that burglars cannot see directly into your home. The unknown to a burglar equates to high risk.
  • When traveling away from home, have a neighbor or trusted friend check on your residence every day. Have them pick up any newspapers and/or advertisements left on your doorstep or driveway during their visits. This will help eliminate the clues that you are gone over the holidays and give the impression that someone is home. 
  • Do not run cords to outdoor lights through a window, as this usually means the window cannot be securely closed. You can always have an outdoor electrical outlet installed if you need one. The cost will be much less than what you’ll lose if your home is burglarized. 
  • NEVER notify friends or family over social media that you are going to be away from home over the holidays. The same is true when it comes to your answering machine or voicemail greeting. There are burglars who specifically look for this during the holidays as a way to target homes.
  • Secure the tracks of all sliding glass doors and vulnerable windows that slide sideways with a heavy-duty metal or thick solid wood dowel. Windows that slide vertically (up and down) should also have anti-lift devices on them. 
  • The majority of burglaries occur through locked doors and windows. To protect your entry doors, install a heavy-duty security door brace that can withstand up to 1800 pounds of pressure/force. For windows, have the interior of all glass window and door panes lined with glass security film. Such glass protection film makes it very difficult for the glass to be broken. The extra noise-producing effort required to bust through the glass will help discourage a burglar’s attempt to break in. Most will simply give up because they don’t want to risk being seen or caught.
  • Avoid placing empty boxes from pricey electronic gifts like big screen TVs, computers, and gaming consoles outside in the garbage after Christmas. Such boxes alert burglars to the valuables your residence contains. Break the boxes down and cut them up so that they can be properly disposed of in garbage bags before putting them in your outdoor trash cans.

Don’t Let a Burglar Steal Your Valuables or Your Joy Over the Holidays

Burglars don’t care how their heartless crimes affect you and your family. They only care about the reward it gives them, and they will be on the prowl this holiday season. So be sure to protect your home from burglary over the holidays by putting the security measures discussed above in place. In doing so, you can place your focus on enjoying this special time of the year to its fullest with those who dearest to you.

Sources:

Eyewitness News 3 (Dec 11, 2018). Nest cam captures burglar snatching Christmas gifts, jewelry in Hebron. Retrieved from https://www.wfsb.com/news/nest-cam-captures-burglar-snatching-christmas-gifts-jewelry-in-hebron/article_873ad166-fd4b-11e8-84fe-b7c4bc1bfbf4.html