It is the most wonderful time of the year—for crooks, included. The holidays are the best time of the year to get together with friends and family, to get your family members and friends gifts that you’ve been scheming up all year, and to enjoy a little bit of well-deserved time off of work.

Unfortunately, it is all too common for those well-intentioned experiences to be marred by people who are out to rob you of both your belongings and your holiday spirit.

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Holiday Crime Spree

It is an unfortunate reality that every year the holiday season sees a spike in petty crime. There are several reasons as to why this is the case. First, which is potentially understandable for a lot of us, people get desperate this time of year. There is a lot of expectations regarding gift giving, and some people are willing to go a little too far to get what they want when they don’t have the legal means of doing so.

Secondly, the holidays generally see an increase in crime of opportunity. This refers to the types of crimes that may not be committed under normal circumstances, but due to the situation presented, the crime is so easy to commit that it makes it difficult for someone with malicious intensions to not take advantage of the opportunity.

By taking the right security measures you can protect your household from both types of holiday mischief.

Securing your Home for the Holidays

This holiday season, take steps to ensure that the only unexpected intruder is coming down the chimney in a red suit. Updating your home security software is a smart thing to do before bringing home all of those Black Friday sales. The need for an amped up security system is especially necessary for those planning on traveling out of town to visit family this season.

But even before you call Protect America to ensure that your security system is up to the season’s challenges, there are a few steps that you can take to help prevent making your house a target for crime.

These security steps include:

  • Don’t leave any boxes outside of your house for the trash. Break all of the boxes down and put them in bags. You don’t want someone driving past your house to know about your new TV.
  • Don’t post your vacation plans on social media. It is way too easy to let this information out to the world by checking in at the airport when you leave town and making a comment about when you will return. This screams to the world that your home is empty. It is too easy for security settings on social media to be wrong and for your information to be public. Post about your vacation after you return home.
  • Don’t keep gifts by the window! It may look beautiful for your tree to be visible from the street in front of that large window, but if you are loading gifts under that tree weeks ahead of time, then you are making it easy for someone to get away with a lot of goods before your family even opens their presents.

Having an updated security system can help you catch crooks on camera and know if you have an intruder, but the best security system is a preventative one. Take these smart steps to prevent your home from being a target this holiday season.