Winter is one of the most popular times for home break-ins. This is likely because thieves expect homeowners to have purchased expensive gifts for the holidays. There are also longer stretches of night, which help to conceal any criminal activity. Winter is also a popular time for families to head off on warm vacations, which leaves your home vulnerable to break-ins while you are away (we’ve all seen Home Alone, right?). Besides simply locking your doors and windows (which you should do and check on frequently), there are some other tips you can take to keep your home as safe as possible.
Keep your driveway and walkways clear
This might seem counterintuitive since ice or snow could potentially act as a deterrent from a burglar. However, an unplowed driveway or walkway signals to scouting thieves that your home may be unoccupied, which makes your house a target. If you won’t be home, be sure to make arrangements for your snow to be cleared while you are away. Perhaps your neighbor can take care of this for your home while you are on vacation, and then you can return the favor when you come back.
Don’t leave your car unattended while it warms up
For those homeowners without garages, or with garages so full of stuff that the car does not fit, warming up the car a little bit in the driveway is so tempting. However, it is risky. If your car cannot be started but locked, or started remotely and keyless for driving, then do not take this chance. Burglars are watching for these reckless routines too and may steal your purse or belongings from inside the car, or drive off with your car altogether. It happens!
Run routine checks on your security systems
Security systems are nice to have. However, if they are not checked regularly, they may fail when you need them the most. Outdoor security equipment is designed to withstand harsh conditions, however, there is a chance damage can occur. It is often during the time when you let your guard down, and part of your system fails, that something happens to your home. However, when properly checked and maintained, home security systems are one of the best ways you can protect your home.
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Keep in mind that winter is one of the riskier times for break-ins and burglaries. If you are diligent, you can keep your home, family, and belongings protected. If you do not have a home security system, and if you live in the South Shore area, contact Basco Security for installation and monitoring of your home security systems. Basco Security can be reached by calling 781-294-4166 or filling out our online contact form.