Winter can be a fun and exciting time for a lot of people. However, this season is not without its own dangers. While there are plenty of winter activities to look forward too, these few tips should help you stay safer during the winter season.
While many associate winter shopping to be involved with purchasing holiday gifts, there is an increase of shopping across the board. Many people spend time off of work or have kids home during a winter break, meaning more food and supplies around the home. Many people take advantage of this influx of shoppers by breaking into their cars, but there are a few ways you can prevent that. Lock your vehicle and hide your valuables from plain sight before leaving to shop. If you’re leaving your car while it’s dark out, make sure you park in a well-lit area, and always remain alert to your surroundings when walking around a parking lot.
As you might be out of the house for an extended period of time, or even leave the house frequently, it’s important to keep your doors and windows locked. Setting your indoor and outdoor lights on a timer can help make a potential burglar think someone is home, which will deter them from trying to break into your house. If you have large gifts in your home, try and make sure they aren’t visible through any windows.
While that brand new television, for instance, looks spectacular, it also looks spectacular to the person who walks by your window and notices it is ripe for the taking while you’re out of the house. If you have children who are going to be home alone make sure they’re aware of how to deal with strangers at the door and in what situations they need to leave the house or contact an adult.
Perhaps the colder weather isn’t quite what you’re looking for or you have family that’s gathering out of town for the holidays, it’s not unusual to be traveling over the next few months. Make sure if you are traveling to let your trusted neighbors know beforehand; that way if they see anyone suspicious skulking around your home while away they’ll know to contact the authorities. However, keep this limited to neighbors or trusted friends, as advertising that you’re away from home for an extended period of time will only attract people interested in taking advantage of your absence. Have someone collect your mail and newspapers and either hold onto them or place them in an area hidden from view for you to collect on your return. Make sure you keep your eye on weather forecasts as well during both of your departures, as it’s easy to lose track of what potentially dangerous weather may occur while away from home.
These are only a few tips, but by following these as well as your own common sense you’ll be sure to have an excellent winter season.