Keeping your home safe while away for the holidays

Are you going out of town for the holidays? Who’s watching the house and your belongings while you’re gone?
The movie “Home Alone” may not just be a cute comedy. Fact is that burglars know that this time of year many people are away and case places to hit, knowing they’ll have free reign while you’re gone.

The National Crime Prevention Council has a nice Home Security Checklist for you to make sure that you, your loved ones and your belongings stay safe and protected during this holiday season.

First and foremost, and one that isn’t on the list, is “Mum’s the word!”. Don’t broadcast the fact that you’ll be out of town and the house will be empty. Don’t post facebook updates letting people know you aren’t home (you may think that only the people you trust are seeing your status but most people have a ton of people they call “Friends” some of whom might not think twice about breaking into your home). Make sure your kids know not to blab about plans as well. Then, while you are away, make sure that the place looks as if someone is still there. Make sure mail is picked up, snow is shovelled, trash isn’t put out a week before it’s supposed to be, etc… The key is to make the home looks as it would if you were still there.

Have fun while away but make sure you also have peace of mind and have a great holiday!