Five Tips To Protect Your Home In Cold Weather

May 30th, 2019

Winters in Billings can be beautiful. However, winter is a rough time both from the dangers of extreme weather and the dangers of criminal activity. People are particularly desperate around the holidays and looking for shortcuts to make more money. During the winter months, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to keep your home and family safe. Here are five tips to get you started:

1. Do Not Open The Door To Strangers

Door to door scammers are out in full force during the holidays. Often times they are pretending to collect money for charities. Other times people are coming out to scout your home for theft. A great option to prevent this is to install a doorbell camera, so you know who is at your home. Then you won’t have to open the door for strangers.

2. Keep The Area Around Your Home Clear

Winter snow can pile up obstructing the view of your home. Thieves will use these snow piles to hide when they break in. They will also obstruct your neighbor’s view so they won’t be able to see anything suspicious. So after every snow, try to keep your home clear from drifts and other obstructions.

3. Do Not Tell People About Your Holiday Plans

If you plan to go out of town for any of the holidays, don’t share your plans with anyone. That includes no sharing on social media. Thieves troll social media accounts looking for people out of town to break into their homes. Only tell a few trustworthy people you are going to be gone. Another great option is to have remote monitoring and smart lights installed. Remote monitoring will notify you if you have an intruder and smart lights can be set to turn on and off at normal times to mimic you being home.

4. Use Your Garage

Parking in your garage not only helps prevent auto theft and damage, it also can help keep you safe. First, it will hide you while unloading your gifts. This will help protect against thieves looking to steal new items. Secondly, thieves often scout Billings homes for weeks or months before breaking in. If they know that your car is always in the garage, they won’t think you are out of town or at work if your car isn’t in the driveway. However, if you do not have a driveway, be careful unloading your gift items and never leave your car running to warm up.

5. Put Up Holiday Lights

Holiday lights don’t just help celebrate the season, they can help keep your home safe. Thieves like to avoid the light where they can be identified. Adding extra external light can help prevent thieves from coming. If they do, it will help your neighbors notice when you have an intruder.

These five tips will help keep your home and family safe all winter long. For more ideas, you should speak with a Billings security expert. They can help identify your winter vulnerabilities and create a security system that will help you stay protected.