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Home Safety Tips for Winter
November 11, 2015
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Home Safety Tips for Winter

Who’s ready for winter?

I’m not. I’m not a fan of the bone-chilling cold, dry skin or chapped lips. And don’t get me started on the traffic uproar that snow causes here in Northern Virginia. All in all, winter makes me want to hibernate until spring returns.

Unfortunately, burglars don’t share my mentality. They don’t take the winter off, mainly because the season presents many opportunities: lots of people traveling, expensive presents, and telltale signs that a house is uninhabited.

This winter, don’t let burglars ruin your holiday spirit. Take the steps to make sure your home is protected at all times with these safety tips.

Home Safety Tips for Winter

Secure Doors and Windows

It’s easy to forget, but you should always remember to lock your doors and windows, whether you’ll be gone for just an hour or an entire week. If you plan on traveling, don’t forget to lock your deadbolt.

Hide the Snow Shovel

Shoveling is backbreaking work and once you’re done, you just want to toss the shovel aside in exhaustion. It’s all in your power to do so, but don’t forget to bring it back inside. Burglars can use a shovel to pry open a door or shatter a window.

Turn the Lights On

Daytime during the winter is very short, and many will find that they get home well after the sun’s gone down. Lights act as a burglar deterrent, so you’ll want to find ways to turn on your lights, such as by using automated lights or [Frontpoint’s Light Controls].

Don’t Over Share

There is a real danger to oversharing on social media. Burglars now monitor social platforms to see when a homeowner will be traveling, allowing them to see exactly when a home will be empty. Limit your (and your kids’) status updates and photo uploads until you return home.

Make It Appear Like You’re Home (Even When You’re Not)

Burglars are on the lookout for homes that appear to have been uninhabited for an extended period of time. They look for telltale signs like a driveway still covered from last week’s snowfall, a pile of newspapers and a stuffed mailbox. Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to collect your mail, shovel or walk around in the snow to create footprints, or better yet, to housesit while you’re gone.

Keep Gifts Hidden

During the holidays, it’s important to keep any gifts – wrapped or unwrapped – out of view. A large box let’s a burglar know there’s something worth stealing and you don’t want to give them any reason to target your home.

Careful with the Trash

Speaking of gifts, be careful with what you do with the boxes after you open them. As you throw them out, make sure to break them down so the boxes aren’t as visible. Place them in trash bins or cover them as best as possible.

Happy Holidays

As much as I don’t like the snow, I like burglars even less. Use these tips and don’t let burglars ruin your winter holidays and cheer. Happy Holidays!

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Comments
Bill
November 11, 2015 at 7:52 PM
In addition to breaking down boxes, remove and shred the packaging labels that include your name, address, the vendor and the bar code. Criminals can and will use this information against you.
Bruce
November 12, 2015 at 2:53 PM
If you have a landline phone, forward all calls to your cellphone if taking an extended trip. Thieves will call a residence during late night hours and listen for the phone to still be ringing or the answering machine to pick up immediately. It's one more confirmation of "nobody home". If possible, have your phone transfer to your cell after 2 rings to simulate you picking up the phone. Then you actually do (but via your cell).
Magucha
November 12, 2015 at 5:46 PM
I love those tips. I always shred papers with names on. Is good to have a company like Frontpoint that cares about their customers. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving Day to all of you.
Emily
November 20, 2015 at 7:08 PM
The shovel tip is a great one! I've read a lot of home safety blogs and no one has ever mentioned concealing things like snow shovels and garden tools. Thanks for sharing.
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