Outsmarting the Burglars

We’re all worried about the security of our homes; especially during the holidays. We are all, by nature, social creatures.  We live our lives connecting with others, but have you thought about how that could lead to a potential burglary of your home?

Thankfully, our brains don’t work in a manner that has us searching for the vulnerabilities in someone else’s home, or seeking out the best opportunities to break in to their home.  The problem is, though, that this is EXACTLY what burglars are seeking out.

Statistics show that burglaries begin increasing one week before Thanksgiving — all the way through the end of the year.  Why?  Because people tend to travel more, AND there typically tends to be more valuables in the home from our holiday shopping.  With that said, here are a four tips to consider when traveling this holiday season.

1. Posting your Travel Plans on Social Media 

We all get excited when we have fun trips planned. We have a craving to share that with the world of social media! That’s what it’s there for; to connect with our friends and family!  If you were to put yourself in the shoes of a burglar, this is exactly what they are hoping for.

It is absolutely amazing how often potential burglars will case social media to take note of YOUR travel plans. You are giving them the playbook, and what are they marking in their calendars?  They are noting the exact dates that are perfect for them to break into your home; therefore, taking away your peace of mind regarding the security of your home.

Don’t let this be you.  Hold off on posting your travel photos and plans until AFTER you get back from your trip.

2. Never Leave your Garage Door Opener in your Parked Car at the Airport

First of all, it’s clear that you are out of town! Knowing that, a burglar can break into your car, and find your address somewhere in the car; typically on your paperwork in your glove box. Then they drive to your home, and simply let themselves in through the garage!  We suggest you leave the garage door opener at home, or hide it very well within the car or trunk.

3. Notify a Neighbor

Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your house and let you know if there is any suspicious activity. You’ll also want this neighbor to keep your porch clear of mail & newspapers while you are away. Make sure your house looks like somebody is home to deter a burglar. In addition, home automation is a great way to do this. Add a motion sensor light or use timed lights, smart plugs and smart light bulbs that let you control lights, TVs, and more from anywhere.

4. Simply Increase the Security of your Locks

It’s amazing how easy it is to pick open your typical hardware store lock. Unfortunately burglars are very good at this. When it comes to locks, you get what you pay for.  If you think about it, when you pay $10 for a lock, you are getting $10 worth of security on that door. The easiest way to add security to your doors is to get higher quality locks installed. The prices are very reasonable, and this can help prevent the enormous headache and cost of your possession being stolen.

We offer locks that are pick-resistant and pick-proof, as well as, locks with key control. With key control, a normal hardware store cannot copy the keys, which puts the power back in your hands as to who has a key and who doesn’t. We come to you, and educate you on all of the options that are best for you!

We are very passionate about helping keep you, your family and your possessions safe.  Our entire team of locksmith and security professionals are background-checked, drug-tested, and always show up in marked vehicles and uniforms.  Please give our team here at Pop-A-Lock a call before the holidays, and we promise to take extra wonderful care of you!  602-274-1432

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