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How to protect your home this holiday season

Posted at 10:19 AM, Nov 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-22 10:19:08-05

This holiday season, people will be traveling and leaving their homes unattended making their homes the perfect target for criminals. "Home Alone" is more than just a holiday flick to watch this season, it is also a lesson on what NOT to do when leaving your home this season. Signal 88 Home Security joins us with tips to leave our homes protected while we travel.

Nick Grant and Jeff Gilhooly of Signal 88 Home Security joined us with tips to remind people of just what to do.

In one of the opening scenes of "Home Alone" Joe Pesci walks right into the McAlister home only to see them frantically packing for Paris. Signal 88 reminds you to always lock your door. Even if everyone is at home and you live in a 'safe' neighborhood - make sure your door is locked.

If the McAlisters had locked their door, Joe Pesci would have been forced to ring the doorbell. Instead he was able to stand in the entrance and scope out the scene at the house and get an idea on the best approach for the robbery. 

In that same scene the robbers are able to observe the children running through the house and they all announce their plans to leave for Paris the next day. Signal 88 says it's important not to broadcast your travel plans. Don't post them on social media, and try not to tell people you meet that you are planning on leaving. Almost every person in the house told Joe Pesci how excited they were to leave for Paris, alerting him the house would be unattended.

One last tip involves the scene where the burglars drive down a neighborhood street and see all of the lights are off. According to Signal 88 Home security, this is the perfect way to alert people that no one is home. Burglars look for signs like lights being on 24 hours a day, piled up newspapers, or advertising flyers hanging on the door knob. It's important to tell one neighbor where you are to keep the front of your home clean of papers and debris.