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Holiday Getaways: The Risks

Lussier Dale Parizeau | December 24, 2019
It's December 20th and Audrey is getting ready to join her parents for Christmas. She leaves her house and will not return until the 24th, just in time to pick up the gifts and take them to her sister's house, where her entire family is gathering for this magical evening. Audrey's neighbours Robert and Nancy have decided to celebrate in the sunshine. It's been a few years since they've taken a vacation, and they've decided to spoil themselves for the holidays.

They Are Not at Home

If there is a presence of freshly fallen snow in their yards, on their vehicles and in their driveways, it can be assumed that they are away. With a little observation, a dishonest person will determine the best time to enter their home. Just rely on the outward signs!

The Target: The Tree

Often it is what is at his feet that are coveted. Since all objects are placed in the same place, a theft can happen very quickly. These often occur at night, but also during the day. Indeed, during the holiday season, residents leave for long periods of time, even before Christmas. They take advantage of this time to finalize their purchases and enjoy the last days of shopping or might even take a trip.

Flights Increase during Christmas

There are some explanations as to why crime rate goes up over the holidays.

  1. Since residents of homes are often away, there are more opportunities to commit a robbery.
  2. Loneliness is very present and many may attempt to fill the void felt by alcohol and drugs.

How Can You Protect Yourself?

If you are going away for a long period of time, an easy solution is to hide Christmas presents behind garbage bags in a room that is not easily visible from the living room. This way, thieves will have no incentive to enter your home. Also, don’t let them know of your holiday plans on social networks. These can give you away, especially if you announce that you are planning a holiday getaway in the sun!

The second solution requires a little more preparation. It involves installing security cameras at your home to deter intruders. In some cases, the threat of a camera alone can save your home. Other times, it’s the intercom system that scares them away. These technologies, especially with the advent of artificial intelligence, make it possible to have a view of your home at all times.

Did You Know?

With your homeowner’s or tenant’s insurance, your belongings are generally covered in the event of a burglary. To make a claim, make sure you know the value of your belongings and have an inventory of them before an incident occurs. This way, you will be ready when you are asked!  

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