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Home Security Tips for the Holiday Season!

Apr 2, 2013

With the holiday season fast approaching here are some simple tips to protect your home while you are away.

  1. Don’t tell anyone that you are going away except immediate family and close friends. Try not to mention your departure at work or at football.
  2. Stop the newspapers. Newspapers in your driveway or on the lawn alert a would-be thief that no one is home.
  3. Arrange for someone to collect your mail or ask the post-office to hold it until you return.
  4. Leave a contact number so the neighbours can reach you or someone else you trust in the event of a problem.
  5. Lock doors using dead locks. Whilst locks can only keep out honest people you want to make it as hard as possible for someone to steal your possessions.
  6. Lock your windows. If a thief can’t get into your home through the door, he will probably try a window. Lock upstairs windows as well as downstairs.
  7. Invest in a simple timer so a lamp or TV set will come on at specified times.
  8. Don’t leave valuables at home, especially items of sentimental value.
  9. Get a safety deposit box instead.
  10. Arrange for someone to mow your lawn. Tall grass is a sure sign that no one has been home for a while.
  11. Lock your garage, or better still install an alarm. Just about everyone keeps tools or other valuables in the garage. (And don’t leave the key where a burglar can easily find it.

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