October is National Crime Prevention Month and with the holiday season quickly approaching, there is no time more fitting to think about home safety.

Although burglaries and other related crimes peak during the summer, rates rise again significantly during the holidays. While you’re out shopping, visiting friends and family, and partaking in the amazing holiday events Yorktown and Hampton Roads have to offer (Toyland Market and Parade and Grand Illumination anyone?), would-be burglars have ample opportunity to strike.

Don’t let the Scrooges and Grinches steal your joy and more this holiday season by keeping your home safe with these simple tips:

Keep Things Secure
The most important thing you can do to keep your home safe is to have a good defense. You can easily achieve this by:

  • installing a security system, doorbell camera, and outdoor security lights;
  • locking all doors and windows;
  • removing your spare key; and
  • keeping valuables and gifts away from windows/out of sight.

Act Like You’re Home
Many people think that keeping your lights on and blinds closed deter would-be burglars; however, this is often a sign that no one is home. Before you leave, adjust your blinds as if you were home and use timers to have lights in your house turn on and off while you are away.

Overflowing mail and an unkempt yard are also sure signs that no one is home. Have the post office hold your mail and arrange for someone to do the yard work while you are away. While you are at it, you may want to hire someone to shovel your driveway in the event of snow—we all know how unpredictable the weather can be in Yorktown County and Newport News.

Keep Your Plans Quiet
While you might want to share all about your exciting holiday plans on social media, you may want to think twice. Anyone who has access to view your accounts will know your plans, leaving your home vulnerable for targeting.

Get Help
If you are planning to be away for an extended amount of time, having a neighbor regularly check on your house can provide you with peace of mind. You can also have them adjust blinds or reposition outdoor furniture to make it appear that someone is home.

Hiring a house sitter is another option that covers many of these tips, from bringing in your mail to caring for your home. If you don’t know someone personally, there are many reputable companies in Yorktown and the surrounding area that offer these services.

If you are looking for more than just a security makeover this holiday season, contact the Criner Remodeling team today to discuss your remodeling options.