Thanksgiving is a time for being thankful for what we have. We assume that since you are thankful for what you have, that you want to keep it! Don’t leave your home susceptible to crime. If you plan on traveling out of town for Thanksgiving, you’ll want to make sure to keep your home safe from burglars while you’re away. Below is a guide to keeping your house robber-proof during the holiday.
Don’t Post Until After the Holiday
It might be tempting to announce our plans to go see our family and friends on the internet or upload pictures of Thanksgiving festivities online while they happen. Trust us, though, you’ll want to wait. Even with your social media profiles set to private, you never know who might be lurking on them or have access to them. Announcing that you’re away from home online can be a signal to savvy burglars that you’re not home and give them incentive to target your home while you’re away. As tempting as it might be to tweet, post, or share—just wait until after the holiday. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Tell a Neighbor You’re Gone
Alerting your neighbors that you won’t be home and asking them to keep an eye on things while you’re away is a good method for keeping your home safe. Have your neighbor collect any mail, newspapers, or packages that may be left outside, as this can be a sure sign to burglars that you aren’t home. If a burglar notices mail piling up, they’ll be more likely to target your home.
Connect Your Home To You
Smart homes and security systems nowadays have the technology to connect you to your home no matter where you are. You can arm/disarm your security system, and through smart-home automation, even control your lighting or thermostat remotely. If you have a surveillance system installed, you can monitor it remotely from your mobile device.