(WTXL)- Tis the season for traveling. As people are out and about, it’s unfortunately also a time of year for home break-ins. Simple changes can make you less of a target, as we’ll find in this week’s Angie’s List Report.
Home break-in’s around the holidays make the headlines every year, as thieves help themselves in unattended homes. With a few simple changes, your home can be less of a target to would-be burglars.
“No matter whether you’re staying at home or traveling this holiday season, it’s important to take steps to keep your home safe,” advises Angie Hicks, Co-Founder of Angie’s List.
Small precautions really help. If you’re leaving town, have a neighbor pick up your packages and have your mail and newspaper delivery stopped. Don’t post your travel plans on social media. Plan ahead to keep your home from looking empty while you’re away.
Randy King, a handyman in Indianapolis, suggests evidence of activity to deter thieves.
“You want people to think that somebody is there. You want people to think that somebody has walked out that morning and gotten the snow, so hire a pro or hire a kid in the neighborhood but make it look like there is somebody around. You want footprints in the snow, you want things to change every day,” said King.
Hicks said “Set timers to turn both interior and exterior lights on and off in the evening. And now with smart home tech, that chore is even easier.”
Before you leave, check to make sure your home is secure. Make sure windows are all latched and locks are working properly. Don’t give would-be thieves an easy entrance.
“Keep landscaping around your doors and windows well-trimmed. You don’t want to create a hiding place for someone trying to break into your home. Also keep your valuables out of sight from the windows,” said Hicks.
Planning ahead and implementing these changes will certainly help. But one of the best defenses against home burglary may just be a friendly offense, according to King.
“Know your neighbors, be friends with your neighbors. And look out for each other.”
Check here for more tips on securing your home this holiday season.