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Preventing Home Theft During the Holiday Season

The holidays are a wonderful time of the year, but they are also a popular time of the year for break-ins to occur. Many families travel during the holidays and often have gifts in the house which lures potential thieves. We’ve compiled a few different ways to protect your home this holiday season.

1. Leave the lights on. A house with lights turned off all day is a big sign that no one is home. Leave your outdoor lights on and put your indoor lights on timers to create the illusion that the home is occupied.

2. Hide packages and other expensive items. As you buy and receive gifts, keep them out of sight of any windows - especially if they are expensive. Visible items that can easily be taken are more likely to attract a break-in.

3. Always lock your doors and windows. This one might seem obvious, but make sure your doors and windows are always locked and secure when you leave your house. Most homes have multiple doors, and it’s easy to forget about a side or back door that isn’t frequently used.

4. Manage your package deliveries. It’s common for packages to get stolen off of front porches this time of the year. Make a point to schedule your packages to be delivered when you’re home, or have the carrier hold them at the post office so you can pick them up.

The holidays should be a time of happiness and joy, and you shouldn’t have to worry about someone ruining them for you and your family. Follow these tips to make sure your home and property is safe during and after the holiday season.

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