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Holiday Home Safety Tips

holiday-home-securityWe’re entering the holiday season, and that means most people will be traveling at some point. We wanted to offer you a couple of tips to ensure that you have the safest, happiest holidays that you can.

Don’t Announce your Trip on Social Media

It’s natural to want to talk about your upcoming trip on social media, even if you’re just going to your grandmother’s. You should, however, resist the urge.

Many robberies are inside jobs. Announcing when you’ll be gone is a good way to announce when you’ll be vulnerable.

We’re not the only ones who have made this observation. The website PleaseRobMe.com offers a wealth of information about the pitfalls of social media sharing, especially “checking in” from locations away from home.

Make it Seem Like Business as Usual

If you read through the Charlotte police department’s list of tips for vacation security, most of them revolve around a central theme. You should make your home look just like it looks when you are there.

One way to do this is to put your lights on timers. Another way is to make sure that you stop your mail and make arrangements to get your lawn cut. You can also ask neighbors to park cars in your driveway.

Alert the Police Department

If you call the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department at 311 you can request a zone check of your residence while you’re away. The extra police presence will help deter criminals and keep your home safe.

Get Your Monitored Alarm System

Charlotte has high crime rates. Make sure you take steps to protect your home while you’re on your holiday trips. Contact us for a free home security evaluation today. A monitored home security system is one of the best ways to make sure that you don’t come back to a burglarized home after your holiday fun.

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