Whether you’re heading out of town over Thanksgiving weekend or the entire week of Christmas, you’ll need to make sure your home is safe and secure before you depart. It’s unfortunate that many burglaries and vandalism occur over the holiday season, but there are several things you can do to ward off criminals and keep your valuable safe.
Use these tips to prepare your home when you’re going to be away for the holidays:
1. Set up a timed lighting system. Make sure your holiday lights go on at a certain time each day and keep some of the lights in your home on late into the night. You need to make your home or apartment appear as though someone is still living there. Installing a timed lighting system can help to ward off burglars and keep your home looking festive all season long!
2. Don’t leave an “out of town” message on your home voicemail. Many people want to let family and friends know that they’re away on vacation over the holidays, but this can be an invitation to burglars and criminals who may have “marked” your home already as a target. Only let close friends and family members know that you are going to be away for the holidays.
3. Have someone pick up your mail and check in a few times per week. If you’re going to be on vacation for an extended stay, arrange for a close friend to pick up your mail so that your mailbox doesn’t become stuffed with envelopes and packages – a sure sign that nobody’s home. Have your friend check the locks of your home a couple of days per week just to make sure everything is in order.
4. Set up a professional security system. If you don’t already have an alarm system installed, consider having one set up before you leave home this holiday season. The investment will pay off when you have peace of mind that your home will be protected from intruders while you’re away. Many home security system companies offer attractive deals and packages for new customers, so plan ahead and consider some type of monitoring service and alarm system for your home.
5. Turn down the thermostat and check the furnace. You’ll want your home or apartment to maintain a steady temperature while you’re away, so turn down your thermostat to a comfortable temperature. Make sure the furnace is in good working order, and that there is nothing covering your heaters and radiators. This will not only help you save on energy costs but can also prevent a home fire.
Taking steps to protect your home from burglars and house fires is essential when you’ll be away from your property for an extended period of time. Use these tips to prepare your home when leaving for the holiday season, and look forward to coming back to a safe and secure place.