Home for the Holidays | Thanksgiving Travels

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Home for the Holidays | Thanksgiving Travels

Heading home for the Thanksgiving Holiday? Chances are…burglars are counting on it. There is a noticeable increase in crime this time of year, especially in neighborhoods. Now is not the time to carelessly leave your home behind because you’re in a rush to get on the road. We’d like to arm you with some tips that should keep the burglars away so that you can enjoy your family time without any worries on the home front.

House at night

  • Have a neighbor or family member watch your house while you’re gone. Remind them to grab newspapers, mail, packages, door fliers, and to remove trash cans from the curb. You can also pause your mail service.
  • Set light timers or leave a few lights/lamps on. Burglars are looking for an easy target, and if they think you’re home, they’re more likely to move on to another home.
  • Consider leaving a radio on. Noise is another strong deterrent.
  • This is an obvious one, but double check that your windows and less used doors are locked. Set your alarm system if you have one.
  • Don’t broadcast your travel plans on Facebook and Twitter. It’s best to post photos and sentiments once you’ve returned from your time away.

A few years ago The Orlando Sentinel published the article “Things a burglar won’t tell you”.  Below are a few of the most compelling points.

•Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, the medicine cabinet and the freezer.

•The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

•Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flier in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

•Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

•Avoid announcing your vacation on Facebook. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.

•A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system.

 

Basically, your home should look like you’re still there. Whatever that looks like for you, make sure you give that illusion.

Enjoy the time with your loved ones and reflecting on your blessings.

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