Now that summer is over, and fall has officially begun, it's time to start thinking about the holidays. More specifically, how to secure your home during the holidays. Burglars are out in full-force during the holiday season, looking for homes to break into, and rob. If you're home isn't properly protected, you could become the victim of a residential burglary. Unfortunately, some minor mistakes you make around the house could increase your risk of burglary. To help protect your home from crime this year, here are four mistakes you should avoid.
Leaving Your Home Unlocked
Even if you live in a sleepy little town, where crime never happens, you should still keep your doors and windows locked when you leave the house. Most burglars will look for open doors and windows, so that they don't need to waste time breaking in. Unfortunately, many people forget to lock up before they leave, or feel that their community is safe enough to keep things unlocked. Don't become a statistic this year. Always make sure you lock all your doors and windows before leaving the house, even if you're just going around the block, or to the corner store. You should also double-check to make sure that your home is locked up before retiring to bed for the night.
Advertising on Social Media
If you have social media pages, you probably use them to communicate with friends and family. You might even let them know when you're heading out of town, and how long you'll be gone. Unfortunately, that's a great way to advertise to the local criminals. You might not realize this, but your social media pages aren't as private as you think they are. In fact, just about anyone can garner personal information about you with just a few clicks of the mouse. To reduce your chances of becoming the victim of a burglary, never post where you'll be going, or for how long you'll be gone, on any of your social media pages.
Making Your Tools Accessible
If you're in the habit of leaving your tools in the yard, or in an unlocked shed, you may be making it easier for criminals to break into your home. The ladder you leave out could be used to access your upstairs windows, which are more likely to be left unlocked. Your hammers could be used to break windows. Make your home less accessible, by locking your tools up when you're done with them.
Not Having a Security System
Finally, the biggest mistake you can make is not having an active security system in your home. One security system could protect your entire home, including provide alarm notification for your doors and windows, as well as security camera protection of your yard. If you don't have a security system installed in your home, you should add that to your things to do before the holidays arrive. Contact a company, like Tele-Plus, for more help.