Christmas security is an important aspect of home ownership that many people don’t even consider. Burglars and crooks know that December is the time of year when homes across America are filled with expensive presents. In 2012, the American Research Group estimates the average American will spend $854 on Christmas presents. Make sure your holiday isn’t ruined by burglars! Follow a few simple tips to keep your home, family, and property safe and secure.

Christmas Security Tip #1: Watch Your Trash

One of the biggest giveaways that your home contains expensive items might not be obvious to most people: your trash. While criminals aren’t very likely to go digging through your weekly garbage, they will drive around after major shopping days, like Black Friday, and designated trash pick-up days to find which houses made major purchases. This technique works best for larger items, like HDTVs and computers, since most homeowners simply leave large boxes on curbs for pick ups.

To get around this problem, keep boxes from large ticket items out of public view until after the holidays. When disposing of boxes break them down and place them in bags or trash containers. Taking your boxes to a recycling center also solves this problem while helping the environment.

Christmas Security Tip #2: Don’t Constantly Update Social Media

According to one recent study of British burglars, social media is a commonly used tool for scouting potential targets. Social media savvy families have a tendency to publish their whereabouts during the holiday season, including any vacation plans. This lets burglars know when your house is going to be empty. Uploaded photos of pricey Christmas gifts can also be a problem as it basically allows burglars to go shopping just by viewing your Facebook profile.

Christmas Security Tip #3: Plan Ahead with Neighbors or Friends

When trying to prevent Christmas crime, your friends and neighbors are going to be your best assets. If you leave your home for a holiday vacation, coordinate with neighbors and near by friends. Neighbors and friends can watch your house and, hopefully, you’ll return the favor when they decide to leave town. Community involvement is one of the best, and cheapest, ways to reduce crime this holiday season.

Merry Christmas from Protect America! If you want a reliable and affordable home security system, call 1-800-951-5190 to speak with one of our home security experts.