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Four Tips to Prevent Theft During the Holiday Season

By Derrick Gelsomino, Dec 12 2016 08:05PM

The holiday season is the best time of the year; it’s a time for families to reunite, for friends to rekindle, and for traditions to continue. Christmas time is the best time of the year for not only you and your family, but for burglars too.

Thefts and break-ins often skyrocket during the Christmas season because thieves know that many families leave their homes and cars unattended while on holiday. Ensure that you keep your home, family, and possessions protected from theft by using these four simple tips:

Preventing Holiday Theft

1. Keep your lights on.

Everyone gets excited for their holiday vacations – especially burglars. Empty houses and apartments are prime targets for thieves. Fortunately for you, you can fool those thieves into thinking you are home by leaving your lights on, setting your holiday decorations and lights on an automatic timer, and asking the neighbor to check your mail periodically throughout the week. This will give potential intruders the illusion that someone is indeed home.

2. Leave your shopping bags out of sight.

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays come lots of errands and Christmas shopping. As you rush from store to store it can be easy to leave your bags, packages, and gifts in the back seat of your car and in plain sight for robbers. Be sure to hide your purchases or put them in the trunk of your car so you don’t become a target for theft. Also, don’t forget to lock your car doors, and try to park in a well-lit area.

3. Protect all entryways.

Not all thieves enter your home through the front door. Before you leave for your holiday vacation ensure that all your back door, balcony door, front door, windows, garage door, etc. are all locked and secure. If you have an alarm system, make sure it is enabled and working properly. If you don’t have an alarm system, ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye out for you until you return home.

4. Give yourself peace of mind.

No matter how much you prepare, theft can still happen to you. However, by investing in homeowners insurance, renters insurance, or car insurance, you can guarantee yourself peace of mind in the event that a seasonal burglary does occur.

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