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November 10th, 2014 at 11:00 am

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With the holiday travel season rapidly approaching, it might be wise to take a few moments to consider some of the most common ways to keep your home safe while you visit relatives and friends across the country or around the world. Statistically speaking, you’re at a higher risk of a break-in while you’re away for an extended period, but there are five simple things you can do to help ensure that your fall and winter holidays stay merry and bright:

  1. Arrange to stop your newspaper delivery. Nothing gives a bigger signal to criminals than a pile of papers on your front door.
  2. Have a neighbor or friend collect your mail for you while you’re gone. If that’s not feasible, contact the post office to halt delivery until you return.
  3. Notify the police that you will be out of town. Many municipalities have the ability to dispatch community patrols or officers who can take extra time to make sure your home stays safe. Also, if there are any incidents in your neighborhood or at your property, they can plan their response accordingly.
  4. Purchase automatic timers for lights. Dark homes are the perfect opportunity for criminals to take advantage of your absence, and in late fall and winter, days are short and nights are long. You can easily find timers that turn your lights on at a given time to give your home that lived-in glow.
  5. Save what you share. Thieves read social media just like the rest of us, and if you limit your communications until when you come home, you can spare yourself a lot of worry that someone will read your posts and take advantage of your absence.

When you return to your home from your vacation or holiday travel, you’ll need to unwind and relax. Following these simple tips can help ensure that your house will be safe, sound and ready for you.

For more information on how to keep your home safe during the holidays, contact your local police department, post office or newspaper distributors.

 

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