“Travelling during the holidays can be stressful enough without the added concern of leaving your home behind,” RSA Canada spokesperson Brodie Bott says.
“It’s easy for a potential intruder to recognize when a home has been vacant for a long time. But you can do a few simple things to ensure your home isn’t an open target this holiday season,” he says.
RSA Canada has some tips to help deter thieves from entering your home while you are away for the holidays. They include:
- Telling your family, friends and trusted neighbours that you’ll be away and ask them to contact you if they notice anything suspicious.
- Setting your lights on timer to give the illusion that your home is occupied. Keep the blinds open to help trick thieves into thinking you’re home.
- Storing valuables and new holiday gifts in a safe or secured area of your home. Avoid storing them in your garage – it might not be as secure as you think. Better yet, take them with you if you can.
- Locking your valuables, important documents and electronic devices in a safe place - for instance, a safety deposit box.