Well it's almost that time of year, holidays, homes, and security. As someone who has a criminology background, and has diversified into real estate I felt this would be a good time for some reminders for the holidays. Criminals know little bounds when it come to stealing the things we work hard for, so don't make it any easier for them. "Holiday" crime does tend to go up a bit during this time of year. So as you begin to buy your holiday gifts remember you shouldn't place them, or all of them, in plain sight under your tree and such. Keep blinds/curtains drawn so thieves can't see into your home as well around your tree when you're not home.
Some of the easiest and most important things to remember are to make sure you have all your windows locked as well as locking your doors as you leave. If locks don't work or don't work right have them replaced right away. Some of the newer replacement windows have pop out like tabs, make sure they are out, this helps prevent the windows being opened. Leaving an outside light on, such as a porch light or even a light on inside can help deter thieves from wanting to case your house as opposed to one that doesn't have any lights on at all; using timers on a lamp or other light can also be good.
While you're out shopping remember a few safety tips as well. Park under well lit areas of the parking lot. If you take items to your car and return to the store, place them in your trunk, if possible. If you can't do that, cover them up with something, like a blanket, and be sure your vehicle is locked. Most malls have roving security, if at some point you don't feel safe or something just isn't right, have a shop clerk contact security for you, that's what they are there for.
While determined thieves can gain access to a home or vehicle, the more deterrents you can put up, the better off your home and belongings will be.
And one last sub-note, related to safety, be sure to check your smoke detectors and replace the batteries if needed, clean them according to manufacturer instructions.
Hopefully this will help you have a safe and wonderful holiday season, and avoid any of the grinches that are out there.
Travis Behem--For all your real estate needs; Buying, Selling, and Property Management.
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618 Wabash Ave
Terre Haute, IN 47802