Christmas season, for many, is the best time of the year. But sadly, statistics show that burglaries and other crimes spike during the holiday season. A lot of this has to do with the fact that thieves are quite aware that people have expensive gifts stashed in their homes. They also know that you probably have some extra cash in the house as well. The FBI states that there will be 400,000 burglaries that take place during the holiday season.
Keeping this in mind, you want to be extra careful this holiday season so you don’t become a victim of a burglary. Bostons Locksmith, your car locksmith in Boston, offers these tips to keep your home safe and secure this holiday season.
Hide Your Gifts
You know the scene: Your windows are slightly frosted, the Christmas tree is bright and beautiful and there are several dozen gifts beautifully wrapped under the tree. It’s a perfect scene taken right from an old issue of The Saturday Evening Post. Unfortunately, anybody who peers through those slightly frosted windows will see all of those tempting presents. There is no way they can resist.
This is why you need to either not place your gifts under the tree or keep your windows covered at all times. Removing temptation makes you less likely to become the victim of a burglary.
Watch What You Post On Instagram
Thieves are like eagles on social media, searching for posts about people who are enjoying Christmas at grandmother’s house, which is far away from home. They are also looking for posts about the expensive ring you bought your wife for Christmas or your plans to start the new year on a beach in Mexico. Be smart and post about your beach vacation after you get back home. And never post about expensive gifts that are in your home.
Watch Where You Plug Lights In
The lights you have mounted outside your home look great, just make sure you are careful where you plug them in. If you have to plug them in inside the house, make sure you are not running them through a window that must remain unlocked.
The outdoor lights are beautiful, but hopefully not at the cost of other outdoor lighting. You need to make sure you still have motion lights hooked up and operational even with holiday lights up and running. Your holiday lights alone probably aren’t bright enough to scare a thief away or to enable you to see what is going on outside.
Buy A Safe
Even if your home does get broken into, the thief won’t get away with the expensive jewelry you bought as gifts. This is because you bought a safe and everything in it is quite secure.
Safes are relatively inexpensive and are quite difficult to penetrate. Purchasing one will afford you peace of mind knowing that your valuables are safe this holiday season.
Keep the holiday season a merry and happy time this year. Call Bostons Locksmith if you need updated locks.