Prevent a home invasion over the holidays

5 Ways to Prevent a Home Invasion Over the Holidays

December 10, 2021 by

The holidays are a time of great cheer and relaxation. You likely have time off work and are enjoying soaking in the Christmas season and all the good vibes it brings, or you have a summery vacation planned where you can just ditch all of the stuff that’s been weighing you down.

However, don’t relax just yet. The fact is that the holiday season can be the most opportune season for home invasions and burglaries of all kinds. While this crime seems like the sort of random occurrence that’s impossible to protect against, the truth is there’s quite a lot you can do to prevent it from happening.

Now, though, you have the question of what those things you can do are. Well buckle in, as this article will give you all the insight you need and then some.

1. Get home automation technology

A great way to catch all kinds of security risks is to have comprehensive home automation technology to protect your home. This means things like smart devices, smart locks, home lighting systems, and temperature systems.

This is important because it will let you know when someone is opening your door, walking up to your house, or if lights have been turned on or off. So, even if you’re away at the moment, you can instantly see potential intruders and respond accordingly.

Similarly, you can set up a light system that turns on automatically throughout the day to give the impression of someone being at home constantly, thus deterring potential robbers from targeting a house that is (seemingly) inhabited with people.

In fact, for this reason, you likely need to do the next thing on this list as well.

2. Shovel the driveway

A big reason the holidays can be a perfect time for robbers to invade is because many people will not be at home due to ongoing vacations or trips that they’ve planned ahead of time.

To this end, burglars can simply roam neighborhoods that they intend to target and look for driveways that haven’t been shoveled recently. If there’s fresh and untouched snow, they may assume that the house is likely uninhabited and consider it as a target.

This is, thankfully, a rather easy fix: simply hire someone to shovel your driveway while you’re away. Then you won’t seem like you’re out of town, and robbers will be deterred from profiling your house.

3. Don’t broadcast your vacation status

This can be a hard thing to do when you want to share your amazing Instagrammable photos with everyone in your life. However, if you’re worried about your home being robbed, this is one aspect you should be very careful about.

Of course, it’s good to let your friends and family know what you’re up to, but the truth is this actually makes your home more vulnerable to burglars.

Many thieves will actually use social media to find good targets. If some ne’er-do-well sees that your house, filled with expensive electronic gadgetry and gifts, is now pretty much open for business, they might jump on the opportunity to rob you.

The fact is that if you’re posting your vulnerabilities and full vacation schedule, you’ll be ripe for targeting and attack.

4. Close the blinds

This is another relatively straightforward tip. If you celebrate Christmas, you likely have a big tree in your living room. Of course, you want to show your holiday spirit to the world, but this might actually not be the safest thing to do.

In fact, sometimes police will recommend that you keep your blinds down if your tree is visible from the outside. This is because thieves might see it, and get the idea to just rob the presents from underneath your tree.

Unfortunately, just like the social media recommendation, this is a change you might not want to make. It’s ultimately about finding a balance between safety and vulnerability and self-expression. The perfect formula will differ from individual to individual.

5. Chop up your packaging

In this modern age, many of the gifts we give and receive tend to be electronic gadgets and gizmos. They are expensive, but very satisfying toys to play with.

Unfortunately, these toys are the perfect targets for robbers, especially considering how much they can be worth and how easy they can be to steal. Take the time to cut up your packaging so it’s unrecognizable and stored safely in a garbage bag.

It takes some extra time to do this, but it’s worth it to get the bullseye off of your house.

Closing Thoughts

There’s a lot you can do about the problem of home robbery during the holidays. Much of it has to do with making yourself less of an easy target, cleaning up weaknesses, and protecting yourself as much as possible. After all, if you blend in with the crowd, there’s no reason to target you.

However, don’t let this article get you too paranoid. While home invasions do happen, they are a relatively infrequent occurrence, and one that you can reduce the likelihood of occurring by following all the steps outlined above.

Still, you might not feel comfortable doing this all by yourself and there is much to consider. Therefore, as with many things in life, sometimes it can be better to enlist the help of trained professionals.

Canadian Security Professionals are experts with years of experience in the field. Call us at 1-877-494-9911 and we can get you set up with a solid home alarm system that’ll ensure all your weak points are protected. Alternatively, you can reach us through our website.

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