The Holidays are an exciting time of the year. With family and events taking all of your time, one thing that is often overlooked is Holiday safety. Did you know that home invasions tend to increase during the Holiday season? Because of this, it is important to implement a few robbery prevention tips into your plans and become more aware of your surroundings. These tips will show you how to stay safe around the holidays!

One of the most common crimes during the Holiday season is packages being taken off porches. This is something that seems to happen every year. A few ways to minimize the chances of this happening to you are, getting your packages delivered to your local post office, ensuring that someone will be home during delivery, or picking up packages in the store. While these might seem tedious, your packages will remain safe.

Another common crime happens at malls, in parking lots, and even gas stations. Be careful driving, or walking around with a bunch of gifts with you. There have been many reports of thieves stealing bags right out of people’s hands. During the Holidays, especially, you need to pay close attention to your surroundings. If you have gifts in your car, lock your doors when getting gas, and while sitting parked in a parking lot. When walking from store to store, or store to car, try to keep your head up and looking around for suspicious people. Keeping an eye on your surroundings can always improve your holidays.

The Holidays are a great time to get to know your neighbors. Make friends with everyone in a close distance to you, to ensure your house is looked after. Maybe even put together a neighborhood watch club to make sure everyone houses stay safe. Set up a meeting with everyone in your neighborhood to make sure that you are all acquainted with each other. Getting to know the people you live around can help protect your house when you are not there. Also, keep tabs on your neighbor’s house, ensuring everyone on your block has a safe holiday season.

If you decide to travel during the Holidays, it is very important to let someone you trust in your neighborhood know. This way your house can be looked after. It is also important to try not to post about you leaving on social media. During the Holidays, thieves will scope out houses through social media by seeing who is gone for the week. Be sure to keep your travel plans private for as long as possible.

Some other tedious tasks that could save your Holidays and maintain home robbery prevention – always locking windows, sliding doors, garage doors, and anything else you might have. Also, try to keep all entrances closed and locked while you are home. Robbery can strike any time of day, so always be prepared. Close all blinds or shutters to ensure that a thief cannot scope out your house. Leaving the TV or radio on can also make it look like people are home, giving your house a better chance of survival. As always, do not open the door until you know who is outside, and teach your children to do the same.

We hope these tips will help you have a fun and safe Holiday season.