Winter Break is just around the corner and like many Americans you may be traveling over the holidays. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while traveling this season.
Have a driving plan. Things to consider when going on a road trip is avoiding big cities during peak rush hour and keep an eye on the weather and temperatures. Rush hour in some cities can be really stressful so try timing your trip around that. Also in the winter you will want to keep an eye not just on weather but also freezing temperatures to avoid hazardous driving conditions.
It is also important to take care of your house while you are away. If you are having any packages delivered while you are away make sure to ask a neighbor to get them so that they aren’t on your front porch for days. When packages sit out there for days, or mail is spilling out of your mailbox, it’s a sure sign to would be burglars that you are away for an extended period.
Don’t post your travel plans on social media. Posting the photos of your trip is fine, just post them after you get home so you aren’t announcing to the world that you and your family are out of town.
If you don’t have a house sitter staying at your home with your pets then it is a good idea to make it look like someone is there. Set your lighting system on a timer. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a large investment, you can buy simple timers are any home store for about $20, these can be used to have a lamp come on and off.
Perhaps the best way to keep your home safe over the holidays is with a monitored security system. There are a variety of companies in town that offer home security installation and monitoring.