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What You Can Learn About Home Safety from Home Alone: Burglary Prevention for the Holidays

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We’ll never forget that classic scene from the movie Home Alone where the Kevin-rigged living room comes alive with lights and music and dancing silhouettes, all tricking the would-be burglars into believing the McCallisters are home.
 
That tactic is more than just good entertainment—it’s actually a legitimate method for deterring burglars. Keeping up the appearance of people in your home, along with some other best practices, can help protect you from burglary and break-ins this holiday season.
 
In order to prevent burglary, it is important to first understand some facts about it. First, contrary to what many believe, burglary happens most often during the day when no one is home. Burglars are typically looking for easy money and small items they can sell without raising suspicions (jewelry, cash, electronics, etc.). 
 
Remember that most burglaries are planned crimes—burglars select houses that are easy targets. Knowing that, you can take measures to ensure your house isn’t one of those targets.

  • Make sure all windows and doors are left closed and locked.

  • Consider high security locks (harder to pick or disable).

  • If you have sliding glass doors, be sure they are latched and insert the stick into the track.

  • Consider decals warning would-be burglars that your home is protected by a dog or security system

  • Get to know and trust your neighbors, and look out for each other.

  • Consider getting lights that are on timers to give the illusion of life inside the home, even when you’re away.

  • Keep your outdoor garage or porch light on.

  • Install a home alarm security system.

 
Alarm systems and other electronic security systems are huge burglar deterrents and also increase the chances of catching a burglar, should he strike your home.
 
Whichever methods you employ, just remember the aim is to make your home less of a target so you can travel for the holidays with the confidence that your home is safe and secure.
 

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