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  • Burglars Be Gone!

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    With the Holidays approaching, it's time to give you some security tips for your home. Holidays are sometimes the busiest times for robberies and break-ins, so be sure to take some of these precautions:

    Preventing holiday break-ins by increasing your home security during the holidays should be part of your plan during a busy and wonderfully hectic season of shopping and gift-giving, decorating and celebrating with friends and family. Unfortunately, it's an equally busy time of year for home burglars.

    Nearly 400,000 burglaries occur in the U.S. from November through December each year, according to the FBI. The National Crime Prevention Council recommends that homeowners improve home security to protect their homes from break-ins during the holidays. To ensure that an intruder doesn't dampen your holiday season, follow these recommended home security precautions.

    Don't tempt fate: Holidays may be festive with home decorations and visiting friends and family, but don't let all of that activity compromise your home's security. Take a reserved approach when displaying expensive decorations and gifts. Give your fine china and elaborately wrapped presents a low profile, and resist the temptation to show them off to the entire neighborhood. If you can see these valuables from the street, there's a good chance they could end up on a burglar's wish list this year.

    No bragging, please: Don't advertise expensive gifts to burglars by leaving empty gift boxes from your new computer, flat-screen TV or DVD player on the curb. Instead, break down the boxes and place them in large garbage bags to conceal the items that Santa has delivered. Better yet, take boxes directly to a recycling center after gifts have been opened.

    Keeping up appearances: It's no secret that piles of unchecked holiday mail and newspapers can tip off burglars to an empty house and lead to holiday break-ins, but did you ever think about hiring someone to shovel snow from your driveway while you're away? If you're traveling throughout the holidays, it's a good idea to ask a neighbor to help keep up your home's appearances so it doesn't have that vacant look about it. Even a small favor such as asking your neighbor to occasionally park their car in your driveway can improve your home security.

    Durable doors and deadbolts: Ensure that your holiday guests are the only ones welcomed through the front door this season by making the following entryway improvements.

    • Invest in a good-quality deadbolt. Doors with handle locks can be broken into with only a plastic credit card. Deadbolts, on the other hand, offer double the locking security and require hammer force to break in. Equip each of your entry doors with a deadbolt, not just the high-traffic ones. Your home is only as secure as its most vulnerable entry point.

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