Winter is a great time to visit family and escape cold climates for warmer ones. It means holidays, family and travel.
It can also mean extreme weather, low temps and power outages. And power outages can mean vulnerable homes as many of us rely on security systems and automatic lights to protect our homes. But, these precautions rely on something that could be lost with one major storm; power. And, as we’ve seen in years past, power outages can sweep entire states and take days, sometimes even weeks to restore.
When you plan your holiday trips and get-togethers this season, don’t rely on technology to protect your home. Here are 5 winter home security tips that can help keep your home safe, whether you are home or away.
Shovel the Driveway/Sidewalks:
A non-shoveled path is a sure sign that no one is home. So, rather than leave the state of your sidewalks and drive to fate, ask a neighbor to keep your paths cleared. Not only will this make your home seem occupied, you’ll avoid the fines that many townships enforce when it comes to snow removal.
Decorate (even if you won’t be there):
Going to be gone over Christmas? Thinking about skipping the decorations? Think again. This is a sure-fire way to make it obvious the home is unoccupied, and will be for a significant amount of time. Maybe you don’t need to bother with a tree, but a simple wreath on the door or shiny garland or bulbs that can be seen from outside will make it appear as though there is a festive family at home.
Keep Landscaping in Check:
One strong wind can bring that stray branch straight through your window. And, if you’re not there to take care of it, your home will be vulnerable. Keeping your landscaping under control and your trees trimmed can protect your home and make sure the home doesn’t appear unkempt or empty.
Lock Up (even when you’re home):
On the flip side, if you are going to be home, you still need to protect yourself (and be able to even if the power goes out). Thieves know that during the holidays we keep all sorts of goodies and gadgets hidden in closets and under our trees. A snowy night and a power outage can be a great opportunity for a burglar to get past your security system and make off with that new iPad or jewelry.
Don’t get caught in a vulnerable state if the power goes out. The Nightlock system is simple and requires zero power to engage. Simply slip the lock into the already installed floor panel and your doors are protected from forced entry. They are also a great way to secure your home when you are gone. Slip the lock into place, leave through the garage and enjoy your vacation knowing your home is safe even if there’s a power outage.
Ask Neighbors to Keep Eye Out:
Let your neighbors know you will be gone and ask them to keep an eye out for any unusual activity. Make sure they are aware of any comings and goings such as possible cars in the driveway and ask them to report anything that seems out of the ordinary.