As we approach the holidays, the reality of home break-ins is more likely than ever. The time of year right before Christmas is statistically one of the most common for burglaries and thefts. And while carrying a gun helps to a certain extent, there are further measures you can take to increase your home security. To keep you and your loved ones safe this year, take a look at some of the best tips for keeping burglars off of your property.
Install a Security Camera
One of the most common and effective ways to scare burglars off your property is to invest in a home security camera. If a burglar is scoping out your property and notices a security camera, or even a sign in your window stating that you have a camera installed, more often than not, they’ll skip your home as an option to rob.
Not only does a camera deter intruders, but it gives you extra peace of mind. When you can see whoever is knocking on your door, you don’t have to worry about uninvited intruders.
The best part is that security cameras can be incredibly affordable nowadays. You can buy one for as little as $20 that connects directly to your smartphone. Of course, there are more expensive cameras available that provide more bells and whistles, so it’s ultimately up to your budget and preferences to determine what kind you go for.
Lock Your Doors and Windows
It’s astonishingly straightforward and simple, however, you’d be surprised how many people don’t lock their doors and windows. You can have a full-fledged home security system installed, but if your door is unlocked, it won’t do you much good. Make sure that you don’t give burglars any way to make their way into your home.
Don’t Keep a Key in an Obvious Location
Keeping a key hidden on your property is a great way to ensure you can make your way in if someone in your family loses a key. However, burglars usually know the most popular hiding spots, and chances are they will check for a key in all the most obvious places. That means hiding it under a rock, or above the door, is probably a bad idea.
Make sure that if you do hide a secret key on your property that it’s in a very good hiding spot that is not visible. Ideally, you should keep your extra key with a neighbor you trust so that you know it can’t be accessed by a person with bad intentions.
Don’t Announce Your Vacation on Social Media
Even though you might be screaming with excitement over your upcoming trip, it’s not wise to announce your upcoming vacation online. Believe it or not, there are burglars specifically looking for people talking about upcoming travel plans and will target your house as a result. Instead, post about your vacation once you’re back home again!