The holiday season is fast approaching and as Atlanta residents run out to purchase gifts for their loved ones, they may not know that they putting their homes at risk, especially because burglaries tend to skyrocket during this time of year.
Luckily, there are some things that you can do to protect your residence and family against the danger that intruders pose. The first thing that police recommend is that you remain aware of your surroundings. Try to take note of suspicious activity. Law enforcement officials are there to protect you and your family. If you are wary of a visitor in your neighborhood, don’t hesitate to call the police. Remember that it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Next, keep in mind that showing off the gifts that you’ve received or plan on giving to friends and family members is not smart. You may be tempted to put those presents under the tree where all those who pass by your window can see them, but there’s a chance you’ll regret doing so later on. Furthermore, when you throw out boxes and wrapping paper, secure them in plastic bags before tossing them in your garbage cans. Don’t just leave them out in plain view.
“In too many cases, residents make it easy for burglars to figure out which homes to target by putting boxes that identify their new gifts in plain view with their other garbage,” states the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. “Some burglars actually look inside garbage cans for evidence of holiday gifts.”
Finally, make sure that your house has a residential burglar alarm. A Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice study reported that homes with this type of security were 20 percent less likely to be broken into. If your place doesn’t have this form of protection, consider contacting an Atlanta alarm company like American Alarm. We can help ensure that your home is kept safe during the holidays.