Home Security for the Holidays

freeimage-1469415-webWith the holidays just around the corner, peak travel season is upon us. And whether you are venturing near or far to visit with friends and family, it’s more important than ever to make sure your home is secure while you are away. So, to help you prepare, here are a few tips to deter crime, for a safe holiday season:

  • Secure all windows and exterior doors. Also, do not leave emergency spare keys in any obvious or easy to access areas.
  • Make sure to have your mail and any newspapers put on hold, or have a trusted neighbor come and pick them up regularly.
  • Leave a car in your driveway if possible, or ask a neighbor to park there during your vacation.
  • Set your lights on a timer to help your home look occupied.
  • Tuck away any valuables that may be visible from windows or doors.
  • Make arrangements for lawn maintenance while you are away.
  • Try your best not to post too much information about your travel schedule on social media, or be sure your privacy settings keep this type of information secure.
  • Leave a key with a trusted neighbor or friend and ask them to check on your home periodically.

In addition to these precautions, you can also sign up for “Vacation Watch” with local law enforcement. This service is available for residents living in both Montgomery County and Harris County.

And while a higher incidence of crime around the holidays gives many homeowners a reason to focus more on security, this can also be a great time to undergo a home security inspection. This checklist, reviewed by county inspectors,  not only serves to ensure your family and property are protected, but can potentially save you money on your home insurance premiums as well.

Items examined during this home security inspection include the type of doors and locks you have installed in your house, the security of your garage doors and windows, and any electronic burglar alarm systems that may be installed. You can review the exact checklist specifics on the Montgomery County website. Once you have met these eligibility requirements, you can schedule an inspection. Successful completion of this inspection could save you as much as 20% on your home insurance, a savings that will last well beyond the holiday season.

 

Fore more information:

Montgomery County

www.mocosheriff.com

936-760-5871

Harris County

www.cd4.hctx.net

 

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