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How To Protect Your Home From Holiday Crime

If you are like most people, you look forward to the holidays and picking out special gifts for friends and family. In the weeks before the holiday you are most likely busy and a bit preoccupied, which places you at an increased risk of being a victim of holiday home crime.

Below are some things you can do to protect your home from crime this holiday season. If you or someone you know has been accused of holiday crime, it may benefit you to speak with a bail bondsmen for advice.

Be Careful What You Post On Social Media

While social media is a great way to let friends and family know what you are up to this holiday season, posting too much information can place you at risk of crime. Avoid Instagram or Facebook posts that let everyone know you are out of town for holiday parties and festivities. This gives thieves a perfect opportunity to break into your home while you are away. In addition, be careful posting pictures and comments about lavish gifts you receive. Crime experts and police recommend setting your social media accounts to private, which allows you to control your followers.

Don’t Leave Gifts In Your Car

If you don’t park inside a garage, avoid leaving newly purchased gifts in open view inside your car. This is simply too much temptation for thieves to resist. Lock gifts inside your trunk or take them inside with you to keep them safe.

Lock Your Doors

While this may seem basic, many people overlook securing their doors at night. Many of us have a high volume of people inside our homes during the holidays, which increases the likelihood of a door being left unlocked. In addition to locking your doors, don’t leave your garage door opener in your car or truck while it is parked in your driveway. Experienced thieves know that 80 percent of Americans leave the door leading from the garage unlocked.

Have Your Keys Ready

You are vulnerable to being robbed when you return home after a long day of shopping. To reduce this risk, be sure to have your keys in hand and ready when you get out of your car. Fumbling for your keys gives thieves time to act.

Install Outdoor Lighting

Studies have shown that thieves target homes that are not well-lit. Installing extra lighting outside your home can deter break-ins this holiday season. Lights with motion sensors are a great way to scare off would be thieves when they approach your home.

Buy A Dog

Homeowners who have dogs are less likely to be victims of crimes. While this should not be your sole source of protection, most thieves move along when they hear a dog barking inside.

Install A Burglar Alarm

Installing a burglar alarm for your home may be an expense, but it can reduce the chances of home burglary. While many systems are monitored and alert the police when a break-in is in progress, having an alarm that is not monitored may be enough to scare potential thieves away.

Maintain Your Landscaping

While trimming your shrubs and hedges may be the last thing on your mind during the holidays, it can help keep your home safe. When you keep your lawn neatly trimmed and the hedges low, you eliminate potential hiding places for criminals who want to break-in when you leave.

Taking the time to make your home safer can ensure you have a safe and happy holiday season. While no one can predict every circumstance that could lead to holiday crime, it is important to take the steps you can for the safety of yourself and your loved ones.

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