Finally, the long-awaited holiday season begins! This is a time to share gifts and laughter with family and friends. A time to travel to different destinations for well-earned vacations, because we’ve been working so hard throughout the year. And a time to travel home or upcountry to celebrate the holiday festivities with family. As exciting as this is, have we thought of how we’re going to safeguard our homes from burglaries when we travel?

Statistically, burglaries increase through the holidays, because burglars take advantage of our being away and break into our homes to steal our valuable possessions. So what can we do to safeguard our homes from these burglaries when we travel?

Protecting your home
  1. We should stop sharing our holiday plans on social media

    In this technological age, almost everyone with access to the internet spends time on social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. We’ve all seen those viral videos or read viral news where not-so-smart criminals were caught on social media for either bragging about their criminal activities or sharing their stolen merchandise on the same platform. If this still happens every other day, what are the chances that the same criminals don’t spend time on social media looking for their targets?

    Our advice is that you shouldn’t share your holiday plans on social media. For example, don’t tell people that you’ve left your home for a while to go on vacation. Also, turn off the location option on your status updates. While they might be slim, there are still chances that someone will see your location that’s away from home and take advantage to burglarize you.

  2. Home security

    Burglars don’t have time to break into heavily secured homes. This is because they do not want to get caught. Chances are that they will target your home if they know it’s not well secured. For example, we’ve all heard of some padlocks being easily picked because thieves have duplicate keys. Stop using such padlocks, especially if you leave the house all day. It’s better to spend a lot of money on a heavy duty padlock than to buy a cheap one and end up losing a lot of your valuable items, not only during holiday season but also on your normal work days when you’re away from home during the day.

    On the other hand, ensure that your windows are well secured before you leave your home for the holidays. While many homes have burglar- proofing rails on the doors and windows, we should still make sure that we secure the doors and windows well before we travel for the holidays. Determined burglars will have time to solder or cut off the rails and break into your home.

  3. Don’t let everyone know about the flashy new Christmas gifts or purchases

    Yes, the flashy Christmas gifts and purchase can attract burglars to break into your home, whether you’re there or you’ve travelled. For example, throwing huge boxes of electronic purchases into the trash where everyone can see them can easily make you a burglary target. Burglars will hang around neighborhoods during the holidays waiting for the opportunity to steal. Don’t give them one.

  4. Get home insurance

    We all value the sanctity of our homes. It is one place we feel most safe and it is also the last place we envision suffering of any kind of loss or damage. But what would happen should thieves break into your home and make off with your household goods? What if burglars broke in when you have travelled for the holidays and made away with almost everything in your home? Wouldn’t this be a huge financial loss, especially since you’d probably have spent a lot of your surplus money during the holiday? How would you replace your treasured LED TV, your other expensive electronics or your precious jewelry when you’re broke?

    This is where a domestic package policy comes in handy. The domestic package policy is tailor-made to ensure that you are not rendered destitute in these circumstances. With the ICEA LION Domestic Cover, you’d be reimbursed in such circumstances. For more information on our domestic cover, read more about it at https://www.icealion.com or contact us on bettertogether@icealion.com

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