Burglaries spike during the holidays as people travel–and stockpile expensive gifts in their homes. Thankfully, there are ways to make your home safer while decking the halls.
I know it’s tempting, but try to keep your travel plans and other holiday-related information to yourself. Posting on social media about the days you’ll be away from home could end up having serious consequences. You can never be too safe about sharing sensitive personal information on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Even if you have good security, you can’t trust that every single person on your friends list is equally cautious.
If you want to share photos and stories about your holiday celebrations, wait to do so until after they happen.
More people than ever before will be doing their holiday shopping online this year because of the pandemic. That means lots of packages being delivered on lots of porches across the country. Those boxes are very tempting to casual thieves and career criminals alike.
Your first line of defense is a video doorbell or security camera. Many would-be thieves will pass on snatching boxes if there’s a camera nearby. You can also purchase a drop box for your porch that delivery drivers can open–but no one else.
If that’s not an option due to space or cost, Amazon rents out package lockers in many locations. You can simply pick up all your packages in one place on your own schedule. It’s not as convenient as home delivery, but it’s much safer.
This safety tip starts before the holidays and continues even after all the presents have been unwrapped. As with travel plans, don’t boast about your big-ticket gifts on social media. That’s especially important if you received gold or diamond jewelry, high-end electronics, musical instruments, or other gifts that are tempting to thieves looking to make quick cash.
Once you bring your gifts inside, don’t leave the boxes where they can be easily seen from windows. Wrap them as soon as possible and tuck them away, or simply stash in a closet until it’s time to celebrate.
Once you’ve opened your presents, there’s one more thing you need to do. Don’t leave boxes for gifts like televisions, gaming systems, or other expensive items outside by the trash can. Instead, cut or fold the boxes and put them in garbage bags.