Protect Your Home This Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for sharing and goodwill toward fellow man, but the truth is that there is always an element in the underbelly of society that is looking to score big, even if it means breaking into your home and stealing the gifts that you have under your tree. Yes, the Grinch is alive and well, even in “good” neighborhoods this Christmas.

And even if he isn’t after your gifts, your expensive home electronics, jewelry, and other valuables are just as tempting to him. For this reason, it is important that you take precautions to protect your home during the holiday season (and the rest of the year, too.)

How can you keep the Grinch at bay? These tips will help point the way to a safer holiday.

• Avoid discussing the expensive gifts you just bought. Although it’s a sad commentary on the state of the world, it’s best to keep information about what you bought for others this Christmas to yourself. Sure, you may be inclined to mention to co-workers over lunch that you bought your husband that new iPad Air, but broadcasting it in public is an open invitation for would-be thieves to break in and steal it out in under you.

• Install a home security system. If you haven’t already, now is a good time to install a home security system. The cost of installing a system is much more affordable than ever before, thanks to advances in technology and expanded competition in the marketplace.

• Update your doors and window locks to foil burglars. Even if you don’t have a security system installed and don’t plan to get one, make sure the locks on your doors and windows are up to snuff. A locksmith can do a checkup on your locks and recommend upgrades to keep your home safe.

• Buy a safe. When the bad guy gets in, having your most expensive items locked up tight inside a safe is a good idea. Safes are relatively inexpensive, even for the toughest models, and purchasing one is a great way to enjoy peace of mind that your valuables will remain yours, even during the desperate holiday season.

• Avoid posting your travel plans online or discussing your plans in public. A growing trend involves thieves stalking Facebook and other social media sites to find out when you’re gone so that they can target your home. Don’t give them the option; don’t post your plans online.