15 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe During the Holiday Season

Reblogger Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

Some of these are such easy and quick solutions to deter burglars! Thank you, Robert for this great list. 

Original content by Robert Siciliano

Most people don’t like that “fall back” time change every November, but you know who does? Burglars. Burglars love to “fall back” because it gives them more time to practice their criminal activities thanks to the earlier veil of darkness. This is also a convenient time for them as the holiday season is upon us and most people have a lot of newly purchased gifts in our homes. Perfect bait for burglars.

In general, most homeowners will take precautions around Christmas time to prevent fires due to Christmas lights, yet they do not take extra security measures to prevent home robbery. Though fire prevention is certainly important, your home is far more likely to attract the eyes of a burglar than to go up in flames. So, here are 15 ways that you can keep the burglars away:

  1. Keep doors locked at all times. This is true even when you are home, and even when it’s light out.
  2. Keep your windows locked, even those on the second floor. Burglars DO have climbing skills.
  3. Use door reinforcements and top-flight locks.
  4. Keep the curtains and blinds closed. This will ensure that no one can take a peek at your valuables.
  5. Install security films on the windows. These help to prevent the penetration of objects such as a baseball bat or crow bar.
  6. Give your home a “lived-in” look with a home automation technology system. Many of these can be controlled by a model device or scheduled to turn lights on or off at a specific time.
  7. Collect your newspaper and mail as soon as they arrive.
  8. Place a large pair of men’s work boots near the door, and make sure they are scuffed up to make them look worn.
  9. Put a large dog bowl near the entryways of the home, but make sure it looks realistic. Do this by adding a chewed up toy or large leash to the scene.
  10. Make sure there is no shrubbery crowding entry points of the home.
  11. Go to Google news, and type in the phrase “door kicked in” along with your city and state. You will be shocked by the results. To protect yourself, consider a device such as Door Devil, which is a high-level door reinforcement device.
  12. If you have a garage, make sure you are packing and unpacking gifts from the car inside of the garage so no one can see what you purchased.
  13. Don’t advertise your Christmas gift purchases on social media, as many thieves use social media to find potential victims.
  14. Make an investment into a home security system. The best systems provide a clear view of what is happening in the home on your mobile device when you are not there.
  15. If you have a car parked out in the drive, place a pair of men’s gloves on the dash. Most burglars will think twice if they believe there is a large man living in the home.

Robert Siciliano is a home and personal security expert to DoorDevil.com discussing Anti-Kick door reinforcement on YouTube. Disclosures.

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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
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All great tips.  This is North Idaho though and it is not uncommon to see someone in a store with a holsterd gun.  Imagine what might lay behind a closed door Gayle!  Make it a great Sunday.  And I know I have told you already but need do so again.  Great new profile pic.  So nice.  Mark

Dec 19, 2015 03:46 PM #1
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Laura Cerrano
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As long as we steer clear of discussing politics, things can really work out. And everybody go see Star Wars LOL! But seriously, go see Star Wars, ha!

Dec 19, 2015 03:54 PM #2
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Laura Cerrano
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Stay away from laws as well. And don't discuss politics like this. I think that's kind of redundant to what I was saying in my last post.

Dec 19, 2015 03:55 PM #3
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Good morning Gayle. Great choice for a re-blog. Such good information this time of years, actually all year long.

Dec 19, 2015 07:54 PM #4
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Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Good morning girlfriend.  Great reblog but of course, do they even have burglers in your neck of the woods?  A curious elk maybe?

Dec 19, 2015 09:40 PM #5
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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Gayle, that's a great re-blog. Some tips are so common sense, but many are more creative, and it takes both to keep a home safe.

Dec 19, 2015 11:47 PM #6
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 These are excellent home safety tips for the Holidays.

Dec 20, 2015 02:01 AM #7
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Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Good tips to follow and being mindful of your vehicle as many are stolen during this season is a good thing too!

Dec 20, 2015 07:10 AM #8
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Thanks for sharing this, as I had missed it.  Such great tips and you are right, some of them are very simple!

Dec 20, 2015 11:18 AM #9
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is an excellent selection for a reblog and timely advice for all of us.

Dec 20, 2015 07:39 PM #10
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Ashburn, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Great tips that we should all be mindful of this holiday season. Happy Monday Gayle!

Dec 20, 2015 10:19 PM #11
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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A great choice to share!  Great tips for protecting our homes!

Dec 21, 2015 12:46 AM #12
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I have a different solution.  My sister in law lives next door and guards the house when we are away.  Don't knock it Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 .   It works

Dec 24, 2015 08:09 AM #13
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