It’s the most wonderful time of the year once again, unfortunately not just for children. Burglars are rejoicing at the thought of the extra valuables they’ll find in homes during the holiday season.
Consumers are spending more again on gifts this year, according to industry experts at the Reuters Consumer and Retail Summit. Where do they hide the items until Christmas? The most likely hiding place for all these presents is under the bed and with more luxury gifts in the house than at any other time of the year, the average home quickly becomes a tempting place for opportunistic thieves.
Research shows that the living room is where most valuables are kept in a house. It’s also a popular target for burglars. With that in mind here are a few simple measures homeowners can take to minimize the risk of a break-in:
- Wait to put presents under the Christmas tree until the last possible moment;
- Think carefully about where you place your valuables, make sure that they are secure and your home insurance covers you for any losses should the worst happen;
- A quality deadbolt lock on perimeter doors is always your first line of defense;
- Don’t hide keys outside your home, rather leave a spare with a trusted neighbor or friend;
- If you just moved in to your home or business, you should change the key cylinders on all locks – you never know who has a copy of the key.
Have more questions about door lock safety? Email Jim Arsenault, your CT Professional Locksmith, or call him at 860-678-9797.