Planning to head out of town? Use these 4 key tips to keep your home safe

happy holiday feet‘Tis the season for burglaries and break-ins. Unfortunately, burglars have a different idea of “holiday spirit” as they target your home and take your valuables. However, there are several steps you can take to help deter these unwanted guests and burglar-proof your holiday.

1. Keep your plans offline

Although it may be tempting to share your upcoming travel plans, we suggest keeping the specifics off social media. Avoid posting (or commenting publicly) about when you’re leaving and when you’re coming home. Sharing this information, even if your page is private, is an invitation to crooks looking for an easy target.

2. Take care of your property

A front yard filled with fallen leaves and piled up mail and newspapers is a telltale sign that nobody is home. If you won’t be having a house-sitter or neighbor take care of your mail, remember that you can log on to USPS and request a mail hold for 3-30 days. As for the leaves and lawn mowing, it could be a good idea to hire someone to help you when you’re away. Plus, think of how nice it is to come home with one less thing to take care of. Just remember, you want your house to look lived in.

3. Let a neighbor know

Ask a trustworthy neighbor to keep an eye on your house and report any suspicious activity. Ideally, this neighbor could also help you with feeding the cat, watering plants, and taking in the mail/newspapers.

4. Go high tech

These days, it can be pretty inexpensive and easy to set up your own video monitoring system (such as a Ring Doorbell or Ring Floodlight Camera). These systems (and other like them) allow you to “answer” your door when you’re not at home and receive alerts and record activity when someone is on your property. Plus, they are a great deterrent. Also, whether you decide to take the high tech route or not, it’s a good idea to install timers on a few lights inside your home.

We hope you found these tips helpful and that they keep your home safe this holiday season and beyond.