Think safety while you're away.

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Real Estate Agent with Edina Realty, Inc. 71260094

The holidays are an exciting time, especially if you plan on traveling. Whether you’re visiting family or going somewhere warm for the winter, it’s important to take security precautions when leaving your home unattended. The following are steps you can take to deter potential burglars from making your home a target this season:

Consider an upgrade.Locking your doors and windows is a good start, but if you don’t yet have a home security system, consider getting one. There are a variety of smart options out there now, from comprehensive systems to individual features, such as the Ring Video Doorbell, which detects motion and provides a view of your front door on your smartphone.

Put lights on a timer.A house that is constantly dark is a good sign to burglars that no one is home. Set indoor and patio lights on automatic timers. There are timers and smart light bulbs you can control via your smartphone, like the Philips Hue.

Combat the elements.If you live in an area where it snows during the winter months, hire someone to shovel and clear the sidewalks while you’re gone. This will keep snow from piling up if any falls while you’re away, which can fool potential thieves and make shoveling a less daunting task when you return.

Hold your mail.Another obvious sign that no one is home is when newspapers, packages and other mail pile up in your mailbox or at the front door. Put a hold on your mail or ask a neighbor to pick it up and keep it until you return from vacation. If you expect large packages to be delivered while you’re gone, consider having them sent to the store or an Amazon Locker.

Put social media on pause.You may want to post about your vacation plans or photos on social media, but wait until you’re back home. Letting everyone know before or during your travels is also letting them know that your house is empty.

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Sharon & Bruce Walter
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Jean, these are great tips to implement to make for a safer holiday season when away from our homes!

Dec 09, 2018 08:44 AM #1
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Dörte Engel
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Dear Jean,

All good advice. The toughest is the shoveling, of course. It would almost have to be someone nearby, since during a heavy snow it takes a few days for anyone to get through.

 

Dec 09, 2018 08:46 AM #2
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John Pusa
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Jean Hedren, CRS, SRES, RSPS very valuable report about home safety.

Dec 09, 2018 09:08 AM #3
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William Feela
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Little things can make a big difference.  Having a vehicle out and moved is a great one

Dec 09, 2018 01:11 PM #4
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Hi Jean- home security is so inexpensive that everyone can find some kind of system to help protect their home. 

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