Home Holiday Security
Christmas holidays are a special time
when families and friends come together
to celebrate the season. It is also the
time of year where families and friends
are most generous and practice the
tradition of gift giving. It should be a
joyous and happy time for all of us.
Unfortunately for us, home burglars view
the holiday season a little differently.
For them, it is a time of opportunity to
burglarize your home for cash, credit
cards, and all the new gifts of small
electronics, computers, jewelry, and
easily sold valuables.
Here are a few tips of what they look
for when shopping for a house to
burglarize. These tips will help you
enjoy the holidays without incident.
* Burglars look for
an easy entry with good escape routes.
Don’t openly display your Christmas tree
and gifts in the front window so it’s
easily visible from the street. It’s too
tempting for them to smash the window
and grab the wrapped packages.
* Burglars look for
occupancy cues like outdoor lights
burning 24 hours a day, piled up
newspapers, or advertising flyers
hanging on the door knob. Use an
inexpensive light timer when you are
away and ask a neighbor to keep the
front of your home clean of papers and
* Burglars know to
look for the hidden door key near the
front entrance. Don’t hide spare keys
under rocks, in flowerpots, or above
door ledges. Instead give the spare key
to a trusted neighbor.
* Burglars prefer to
enter through unlocked doors or windows.
Sliding windows that are not secure can
be seen from distance. One holiday
problem can occur when exterior
Christmas light extension cords are run
inside through a window and prevent it
from being secured. Hire an electrician
or handyman to install an inexpensive
exterior outlet for your holiday
* Don’t post your
family name on your mailbox or on you
house. A burglar can call directory
assistance to get your telephone number
and call your home while in front of
your house to confirm that you are
* Don’t leave
descriptive telephone answering machine
messages like, “You’ve reached the
Wilson’s…we’re away skiing for the
Christmas holidays…please leave a
message. ”Burglars love to hear that
they have plenty of time to break in and
completely ransack your home.
* After Christmas
day, don’t pile up empty gift boxes from
your new computer, DVD player, or stereo
receiver on the street for the garbage
man. Burglars appreciate knowing that
you have expensive gifts inside for them
to steal. Break them down or cut them up
to conceal the items better. After a
lucrative burglary, the chances of being
burglarized again are increased to steal
the new replacement products.
* Last, but not
least, fortify your home by installing
solid core doors, heavy duty locks,
longer screws in the lock strike plates
and door hinges, and install secondary
security devices on all accessible