Holiday travel is in full swing! While families are excited to spend time with friends and family this holiday season, burglars are excited to get to work on possibly vandalizing your home! We urge you to take some precautions before you leave to protect your home so you can focus on your holiday travel!

  1. Hire a house/pet sitter: A home that looks lived in is a safer home. Consider hiring a house or pet sitter to stay in your home. They can also grab your mail and newspapers, water your plants and take the garbage to the curb and back. This is the best solution to minimize the risk of burglars trying to invade your home. If you are unable to find someone, ask a neighbor you trust to check your home periodically.
  2. Hold mail delivery: If you do not have someone to pick up your mail and newspaper deliveries, stop the delivery services until you return.
  3. Set up automatic timers: Set up automatic timers on indoor and outdoor lights to give the illusion someone is home.
  4. Park a car: Park a spare car in your driveway in plain view from the road. If a spare car isn’t available, ask a neighbor if they wouldn’t mind parking their car in your driveway.
  5. Avoid social media postings: Tech-savvy burglars are waiting to see where you are located, giving them the green light to potentially invade your home.
  6. Invest in a security system: We strongly recommend you invest in a home security system with monitoring to help deter potential burglars.
  7. Lock it up: Make sure all gates, doors and windows are properly secure. Unplug the opening device of automatic garage doors and lock the doors. Place any valuables you own in a locked safe or safety deposit box and keep hidden from view.

As you and your family embark on your holiday travel, follow these security tips to help keep your home protected and to give you peace of mind. For more information regarding legal issues and your specific situation, contact Gerstenberger Law at (770) 920-7722.


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