Most of us live in safe and predictable neighbourhoods. But burglars are always on the look-out for opportune moments to enter homes in search of valuables, and they don't take breaks for the holidays. In fact, many burglaries take place during the holidays, especially when people go away on vacation or to visit family. Here are several tips you can use to burglar-proof your home during the holiday season.

Install a Security System

Whether you install a do-it-yourself security system or hire a professional service to do it for you, having security cameras reduces the likelihood that a burglar will choose your home. In addition to a security system, you might want to purchase a door alarm with a camera system to help protect against intruders. Some of the door alarms include video cameras with remote access, allowing you to interact with the people standing in front of your door. This type of system allows you to scare burglars away if they knock at your door to see if you are home. There are also smartphone apps that link to your security system and cameras; consider looking into a security system that  does this.

Install Outdoor Lighting

Since burglars often prefer to remain hidden, setting up additional sources of outside lighting can deter them from breaking into your home. Simply install motion-activated lights for the walkway, doors, and driveway, and put up individual solar lights along the perimeter of your home and outbuildings to keep burglars away from your property.

Don't Advertise You Are Leaving

Whether you plan to go away for a single day or an entire week, try not to make it too obvious. Don't mention your trip on social media websites until after you return home. If you are traveling with luggage or taking bags of gifts with you, try and pack your vehicle while it is still sitting in the garage.  

Secure Your Valuables

While it won't be possible to hide all of your valuables, you should try to camouflage at least some of them. For example, hide laptops in the linen closet underneath a pile of towels or place expensive jewelry in a wall safe. Alternatively, consider renting a safety deposit box at your financial insitution. The cost will far outweigh the loss if you have sentimental, rare, or expensive items that get stolen.

Pretend Someone Is Home

Although burglars have gotten wise to homeowners leaving on their lights when they go away, other strategies can help to convince them you are still there. In addition to connecting your lights to timers, connect a television to a timer to create the illusion that someone is home. Potential burglars will see the illumination from the TV and think you are home watching your favorite show. 

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