The holidays are here and you’ve probably been busy shopping for the perfect gifts or planning the perfect party. With all the good cheer and warmth of the season surrounding you, not much could be worse than coming home from an outing to find that the Grinch slipped into your home and stole your gifts. Christmas can be a very risky time of year for break-ins. Thieves know there will be more valuable items in the home (conveniently placed under a tree in a corner) and that homeowners will be coming and going a lot. This makes it very important to secure your home properly during the holiday season.
We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season with these security tips to help make sure that the only one sneaking around your house is the big guy in the red suit dropping off presents – not taking them.
- Avoid making your gifts visible through windows and exterior doors by keeping blinds and curtains closed while you’re out.
- Don’t feed exterior extension cords through open windows or garage doors.
- Put away ladders and tools after installing decorations and lights. These items could be used to help thieves break into your home.
- If you’re heading out for the evening, make it look like you’re home by using timers on your lights.
- Cut up the boxes from your opened presents and put them in your recycling bin, or hide them in your garage until garbage day. Don’t advertise to thieves that you have new electronics or other valuable items in your home by leaving boxes on the curb.
- Keep your home bright and deter thieves by installing security lights and/or cameras at the front and back of your house.
If you’re going away over the holidays:
- Avoid telling people (other than your family and trusted neighbours) that you’ll be away. This includes messages on your personal voicemail and email, and posts on your social media profiles.
- Don’t let snow pile up outside your home. This signals to others that you’re not around. Arrange for a snow plow service to clear your walkways and driveway if you’re going away.
- Make sure you have someone pick up your mail and newspapers so they don’t pile up on your porch or in your mailbox. If you don’t have someone who you can rely on to regularly collect your mail, consider using Canada Post’s Hold Mail service.
Do you have any tips to add to our list? Share them in the comments section below!