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How to Stay Safe this Thanksgiving

by Notorious Spinks on 11.20.2012

Thursday will officially start the holiday season for those of use celebrating Thanksgiving.  It’s also the eve of the biggest shopping day of the year too.  And guess what?  There just may be someone watching you haul all those goodies in.

Fall Pumpkin Season

You’ve probably made your lists (plural) for all the stores you’ll stop by along with all the things you’ll knock people over to get your hands on.  However, I have one tip for your first, “TURN YOUR HOME ALARM SYSTEMS ON!”

Many of you are saying, “I already know that, that’s what I have it for!”  But how many times have you gotten comfortable in your nice comfy subdivision and ran to the store without setting your home alarm systems because, “I’ll be right back!”  Yes you’ve done and I have to.

Although the holiday season is a time to give, many thieves and burglars reserve it as the time for taking.  They have their sights set on your goodies.  That is why it is important to precautions when shopping, unloading packages and discarding empty containers.

Stealing during the HOlidays

Here are just a few of the ways I “try” to keep thieves away:

Set your home alarm systems – It is so easy to get in a rush and think you do not have time to set your alarm. But guess what?  The burglars aren’t to busy to see if they can catch you slipping.  This year alone, two of my close friends have had break ins in the daytime hours and both of them had alarms.  However, my first girlfriend had her door kicked in and they grabbed as much as they could before the alarm went off, you know during the beep beep beep stage.  Then my other girlfriend had a home alarm but they cut her telephone wire so they had no worries and plenty time to get what they wanted.

Unload during non-peak hours: For those of us who don’t have garages, it is good to take packages in during night hours or early morning.  Please know that it’s usually someone in your community who scopes your house out.  But it could be that person in the car driving by at noon as you unload and decide they’ll comeback later to get that pretty comforter you just unloaded out the trunk.  Who knew?

Break boxes down & put out on garbage days: I know that you’re eager to discard those boxes and get them out your house.  Go ahead and just put them on the curb for the garbage truck and let everyone know that you just got a 64″ HDTV.  Yep, just tell the world while the box sits on the curb in front of your home for 7 days and 7 nights before the garbage man comes. However, it’s safer to break those boxes down real good and put in the garbage or just put them out the morning that the trash department runs.

I’m not sure about you all but I wasn’t brought up in the best neighborhoods and we didn’t have a home alarm system early on.  I even remember when I was about four or five, my mom was in the backyard with me.  I was swinging and she was pushing me.  Well, guess what?  Someone came in our house while we were in the backyard and ripped us off.  We left the front door open because  that just what we did.  Yep, they got us that quick.  They only took jewelry and I think they took my mom’s purse but still.

Time are harder these days, crime is on the rise everywhere so be care and safeguard your home and family.  Invest in a home alarm system.  I suggest you look into getting a wireless monitoring system if someone cuts the telephone wire, that way the police will still be notified. Be happy and safe this Thanksgiving!

How do you safe guard your home during the holidays? 

This post is a partnership with ADS Security but all opinions are my own.

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  • Great advice!

  • Great tips!

  • we’ve had several break in’s and its pretty scary

  • great tips. We always have lights on a timer if we’re not home.

  • Very good tips!

  • Great tips!

  • Great tips. It’s so important to take precautions to stay safe.

  • These are great tips, thank you!

  • Great point about the boxes. It’s like advertising what you have inside, especially when it comes to electronics.

  • These are wonderful tips! Safety is so important all year around but it seems like we tend to let our guard down more during this time of the year.

  • These are great tips at any time!

  • Those are good tips. We’ve had a number of break-ins in our area and it kind of freaks me out!!

  • We really need to get an alarm system. We’re good about not putting out boxes until trash night though!

  • Great tips!! Thanks!

  • Something to think about! Thanks for the great tips.

  • Great tips! I’m thankful that we recycle too – so I break down boxes and stash them into the recycling bin (it’s a full sized toter) and no one is the wiser.

  • Those are great tips, thanks.

  • Great tips~

  • I am totally paranoid about this stuff too–we have a security system and I’m so glad we do!

  • My husband works in security so we have been lucky to have decent security equipment for several years. We have audio and video in the front and back of our house, plus really good neighbors that always have our backs.

  • Great post! Definitely being aware and trying to make yourself less of a target is important!

  • great tips thanks for sharing

  • I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • I used to go out for Black Friday but it’s turned into udder chaos now. I think I’ll stay home too!

  • I like the tip to unload during non-peak hours!

  • Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • Great tips!

  • Great tips you have shared!

  • Some of those I wouldn’t have thought of, thanks.

  • Thanks for the tips… you are right.. people get comfortable and think it can’t happen to them.

  • Wow, I live in one of those small towns where no one even locks their doors…but I know we probably should.

  • Wow, it is so scary to think you were robbed when you were just in the backyard!

  • Great tips! I think it is so easy to let our guard down this time of year, but safety is always important.

  • Maryann

    Our home was burglarized on Thanksgiving day , it is a huge day for robbers because so many people travel.

  • this is great info!

  • With so many people away for the holidays it’s good to remember to keep your home safe.

  • This time of year can be crazy, lots of stuff happens around here.

  • Great tip about not putting about boxes until Trash day although my husband will not be getting a 64″ TV any time soon. Sorry someone broke into your house.

  • Great to share! I bet lots of people visit for the holidays and forget their alarm.

  • Eeeks, I never thought about the empty boxes being so telling! I need to rethink a few things. Thanks for the great advice.

  • Home Alarm Systems are GREAT!

  • Good tip about the boxes, I am always mindful of leaving that sort of “advertisement” out on the curb.

  • I love having a home alarm.

  • Great tips! We don’t put our boxes out on garbage day after Christmas, unless they are broken down and in bags. Why tempt someone. :/

  • we have ADT and love it.

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