It’s that time of the year: Your kids are out of school, the halls are decked, the trees are trimmed, and the presents are under the tree. Unfortunately, this is also a common time for home break-ins. According to the FBI, nearly “400,000 burglaries occur in the U.S. during November and December.” Here are a few holiday security tips to keep you and your family safe during Christmas and the New Year.
Be Sure to Lock Your Doors
This may seem ridiculous that we’re mentioning the fact that you need to lock your doors to keep out burglars, but it’s actually very easy to forget to lock your doors and windows. Always double-check at night and when you leave the house, and don’t’ leave keys in obvious places (like under the doormat).
Don’t Make it Obvious You Aren’t Home
When you are away visiting friends and families over the holidays, don’t make it obvious that you are away. First, don’t post about your absence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media. Second, have friends or neighbors stop by and pick up the newspaper, bring out the trash, and shovel snow so it looks like you are home. Empty homes are targets for burglars!
Don’t Forget the Garage
Don’t forget to secure your garage entries and the door itself. You can secure the rest of your home well, but if you forget to install heavy-duty locks on the garage door and any entrances, you’ll be an easy target, despite your good intentions.
Service and Maintain Locks and Doors
You may have the latest and greatest deadbolt, but if you don’t keep it in good working condition, they can easily be bypassed. One of the best things you can do for home security is to hire a locksmith to check your home to ensure it is safe and secure. A state-of-the-art deadbolt and locking system is pointless if it is installed in a flimsy door, or in a door with glass on either side.
Have a Safe and Secure Christmas Season
A professional eye can tell you if your home is safe and secure to keep our burglars and other intruders. The experienced locksmiths at Wrangler Safe and Lock have been in the industry for years, and will be able to maintain, service, and install the best locks to keep you and your family safe over the holidays!
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