Costly Christmas Mistakes
I’m going to ask you to do something a little weird today. When you get home from work, instead of oohing and ahhing over your beautiful Christmas tree and icicle lights, do this instead…
Case your house like a burglar would.
See your Christmas tree? See those presents underneath the tree? So does a burglar. If the tree is visible, there’s a good chance that your pile of jewelry, XBOX Ones and Kitchenaid mixers are visible as well.
Those lights look great! But it looks like you fed an extension cord through a partially open window. Yikes. That’s a vulnerability that burglars love to exploit. When it comes to outdoor lighting, opt for solar or battery operated lights or install outdoor electrical outlets. Burglars prefer to enter through an unlocked window or door. Leaving one open is not a good choice.
See where I’m going with this? Your decorations are beautiful, but they’re making life easier on the folks who want to take your stuff. Don’t do that!
Now let’s fast forward to some time next week. The gifts have all been opened and it’s time to dispose of those empty boxes. Nothing says, “Hey, I’ve got a new XBOX One!” like having an empty box out on the curb for the trash man to pick up. A good alternative to tossing your boxes for the trash truck to collect is to personally take them to the recycling center. Another option is to put the boxes out just as the trash truck is rumbling up the street. Again — give burglars as little help as possible.
Finally, if you’re going out of town over Christmas, don’t alert the media. According to one study, social media is a commonly used tool for scouting potential targets. Social media savvy families have a tendency to publish their whereabouts during the holiday season, including any vacation plans. This lets burglars know when your house will be empty. Uploaded photos of pricey Christmas gifts can also be a problem. Why? It allows burglars to go shopping just by viewing your Facebook profile. Be smart about what you share.
Of course, adding a security alarm to your home will give you peace of mind. And now through December 24th, Ener-Tel is offering one of the best deals of the year. A complete wireless security system for just a $49 installation fee and monitoring. More details of this incredible deal can be found here.
So this year, do everything you possibly can to make sure that the only folks who come into your house are the ones you actually want there.