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If this year it’s over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house you go, then you need to make sure that your home is secure while you’re away. Nothing could put a damper on your vacation more than your home being broken into. Follow these five tips to try to prevent it from happening:

Don’t advertise your vacation. We know it’s difficult to not want to share pictures online, and talk about all of the fun holiday festivities while you’re away. But if you make it well known on social media, burglars may take use to their advantage. Try to wait to share the party pictures until after you return.

Hire a house sitter. Most burglars don’t want to target occupied homes. Call a close friend or family member and have them stay at your house. Stock the fridge with treats for them, and they may even water your plants while you’re away.

Make it sound like you are home. Light or moderate noise will deter burglars. We can install automated security systems which can turn on devices such as lights and televisions at random inside your house for that “at home” appearance.

Ask your neighbors to pick up your newspapers and mail. Nothing invites burglars into your home more than a pile of newspapers on your porch, or a packed mailbox. If your neighbors can’t stop by, you can ask the newspapers and post office to suspend delivery for the length of your vacation.

Consider a home automation system. The latest security technology allows you to see if any burglars have opened your door, turn your lights on-and-off to make it look like someone is home, view your security cameras and so much more. Learn more about our home automation services.

Happy Holidays! Stay safe!