They’re here! The holidays, that is. And as you prepare to travel to grandma’s house to celebrate, we wanted to remind you of some tips for keeping your home safe during the holidays. AAA projects that 48.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of one million travelers compared with last year. With that said, it’s important to take some precautions before you take to the highways, skies and seas!
You want to make your home look as normal as possible. So, try to recreate what the house would look like when you’re home!
Car in Driveway:
If possible, leave one car parked in the driveway (fully locked of course), or ask a neighbor if they will park in your driveway while you’re gone.
Lights on Timers:
A pitch black house is an easy target. Put a timer on a lamp in a window or a timer on your outdoor lights. Burglars are much less likely to walk up to a house that’s shining brightly! You can also switch outdoor flood lights to motion sensor lights so that anyone that walks by will be in light.
Schedule Yard Maintenance:
If you have a yard service or any outdoor service that doesn’t require payment on the spot, schedule them to come while you’re away. Keeping your house “busy” on the outside definitely makes it appear that someone is home.
Alert a Neighbor:
If there are neighbors on your street staying put for the holidays, stop by a day or two before you leave and let them know your travel dates. This way they can keep an extra watchful eye on your house and can be alert of any suspicious activity.
Mail and Trashcans:
In addition to telling a neighbor you’ll be out of town, see if they wouldn’t mind getting your mail and taking your trashcans back up to the house. Don’t forget to get them a little thank you gift in return!
Steer Clear of Social Media:
As much as you’d love to brag to all of your social media friends that you’re going to be skiing the Alps over the holidays, don’t do it! You never know who might see your post or who might spread the word that your house is going to be vacant for an entire week. Better to be safe than sorry!
If you have any other tips for keeping your home safe during the holidays, share them with us below! You can never take too many precautions!