Home Security Tips While Your Away During This Holiday Season

December 13th, 2018 by Meagan Noin

If you are one of the record number of Americans that will be traveling during the holiday season (roughly 107.3 million in 2017) that are certain precautions you should take prior to traveling, especially when it comes to securing your home.

Some quick facts about burglaries:

  • Most burglaries take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • The majority of break-ins are committed by burglars who live nearby.
  • Most criminals can burglarize a home in less than ten minutes.
  • An astonishing 34% of burglars enter through the front door.
  • The average property dollar loss per burglary is a staggering $2,251.

Now, we don’t want to frighten you, but we want to make sure your family, belongings and home are safe this holiday season. There are a range of precautions you can take to secure your home including:

  • Notify the post office to stop mail delivery for the duration of your trip.
    • This will ensure important notices, bills or documents aren’t just sitting in your mail box.
  • Check that all doors and windows are completely closed and locked.
    • Double check that all windows on the first floor are properly secured.
    • Almost 30% of burglars enter a home through an unlocked door or window.
  • Make sure all electronics are unplugged. Items like toasters, coffee makers and desktop computers don’t need to be plugged in while your away and could cause an unexpected electrical fire. Unplugging unnecessary electronics will also save you money.
  • Consider motion detector lights for the front and back of your home
  • Think about placing electronic timers in various rooms. You can set these timers to activate lights on a staggered scheduled.

If you would like to take more safety precautions for your home consider installing additional security features or systems like security monitoring, home automation, fire protection and even video surveillance.

  • These features and systems will provide you peace of mind while you’re away.
  • Additionally, some of these can be remotely controlled or monitored from your smartphone.

If you do have an existing security system, think about notifying your security company that you will be traveling. Also, remember to update or check that your security company has the correct contact information in the event of an alarm notification. Did you know that about 60% of convicted burglars stated the presence of a security system influenced their decision to target another home? Make sure yard signs and window stickers are visible from every approach to your home (not just the front entrance!)

The holidays should be filled with joy and cheer, not missing items, insurance companies and the police. If you are planning on traveling this holiday season and want to make sure your home is safe, think about putting a checklist of the security measures you’d like to take prior to leaving. These measures can include purchasing a security system, updating your current system, a list of items like windows and doors to check prior to leaving and even a contact list.

If you are interested in a security system or just have a question about how to better protect your home, give us a call at 775.673.9500.