The holiday travel season is in full swing. Over the river and through the woods, we are all headed somewhere this Christmas gathering with family and friends and celebrating. Unfortunately, elves of the unsavory nature are also gallivanting about this time of year too. Empty homes create the perfect setting for scrooges out to spread mischief.

According to an Allstate Insurance 2013 report, 56 percent of Floridians will travel away from home for an overnight stay. Fifty-one percent of those surveyed said that their daily habits and routines change during the holiday season. Overall, theft reports go up during this time of year so it pays to be extra vigilant.

Travel is a necessary part of the Christmas season for many Floridians and criminals know this. The sudden shift in daily routine makes it clear that you aren’t at home and, unfortunately, it is noticed. However, there are things you can do to protect your home.

Motion Sensor Lighting

Motion activated lighting placed in strategic areas will alert neighbors and prowlers alike. They are relatively inexpensive and don’t waste money because they only come on when they sense movement.

Install Outdoor Surveillance Cameras

Outdoor cameras are a great way to keep watch over your home even if you aren’t there. They also provide key evidence incase of a break-in.

Never State Your Plans on Social Media

In the digital age, we are all connected no matter how far apart we actually are. Thieves know this and scan social media outlets looking for victims. Never post your plans on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Once you are safely back home you can post all about your wonderful Christmas away!

Electrical Timers

Electrical timers can be a lifesaver. Set them according to your natural home routine and it can look like your home is still inhabited. If that seems like too much work, try setting them to turn on various lights throughout your home at various times to give the appearance of occupation. Keeping your house completely dark while you are away is a sure fire way to alert thieves of your absence.

Sign For Packages

Unfortunately, when packages are left at your doorstep it is an open invitation for robbers. Without much effort they can stroll right up to your door and walk away with them. Make sure any packages delivered to your home require a signature that way you are home when they arrive and can take them safely inside.

The Holiday Season is one of great joy and part of that is travelling to see loved ones. While there is no foolproof way to avoid being the victim of theft there are things you can do to protect your home and loved ones. Your Melbourne Fl home builder is with you every step of the way in creating the home of your dreams and we want you to travel with peace of mind.