Despite the revelry, holiday season is also a time for criminals to do their jobs. Many homes are left without occupants and a thief can start to break-in and steal your belongings. This shouldn’t happen if you know how to take care of your home and possessions–even you’re on a vacation.
During Christmas, DMG Insurance and Financial Services is here to help you enjoy more of the holiday season with some few tips. We’ll help you take a few precautions to avoid theft, in the first place, and enjoy the spirit of Christmas without hassles.
Christmas security tips
- It’s obvious, but don’t leave your Christmas gifts on display beneath the Christmas tree for days on end. To prevent outsiders spot what Santa has left through your window, it’s best to lock away those goodies till the last hour.
- Anticipating a gift delivery? Be sure there’s a person in your home to get it or ask a neighbor to receive it on your behalf. Your neighbor can take care of the gift until you’re back from a vacation—instead of having it left at your door.
- If you’re hiding the biggest and most expensive gifts until Christmas day, safeguard them with full protection. For instance, make sure that your trailbike hidden in your shed is properly padlocked.
When you’re leaving for a vacation
Most people, during Christmas season, spend their holiday vacation going to their relatives and friends. Often, intruders are observing houses without occupants for days. What should be done?
- Stop the newspapers, milk and other regular deliveries.
- Don’t allow expensive gifts to be noticeable from outside.
- Purchase a random light home timer.
- Be careful of changing the messages on your answer phone or setting up auto-responder email messages linked to your address.
- Don’t specify on Facebook and Twitter that you’ll be out of town.
- Drive on a decent taxi company when catching a cab to reach the airport or station.
- Properly lock the windows, doors and sheds.
- Turn off or set your landline ringtone as soft as possible.
- Entrust a key to a reliable neighbor who is willing help occasionally to inspect the stuff right away. If you are a part of the local Neighborhood Watch team, inform your fellow-members that you won’t be around.
If you suspect stealing at the neighbor’s property
If you keep an eye on unoccupied neighbor’s home this Christmas and you’re sure there’s a break-in, don’t get inside the house. The burglar may still be there inside. Instead, call a police and then report it to your neighbor.
Tips on Christmas shopping
The increasing number of mobiles, smartphones, tablets and e-readers allows people to walk everywhere with expensive electronic gadgets. Add your Christmas gift purchases and you will know why this holiday season makes thieves and pickpockets the best time to make victims of people.
- Pickpockets are attracted to big crowds. So it’s wise to be more cautious when doing your Christmas shopping.
- Do not store wallets inside your back pants pocket. Keep handbags zipped every time.
- Don’t leave valuables inside the car. Look your valuables in the boot.
- While doing grocery purchases, don’t leave handbags and other valuables in your trolley, while from a distance you’re off scanning some items.
- Be careful if there’s someone standing near you at the ATM machine because he can read your PIN number. Using your hands, cover the keypad as you key in your number.
To get more information about Christmas holiday security tips in Florida, please contact us at DMG Insurance and Financial Services, Inc. (http://www.dmginsurance.com) at 543 N State Road 7, STE 106, Royal Palm Beach EL, 33411, phone 561 422 7071, Fax 561 422 7072.