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    Top Seven Home Security Tips For The Winter

    January 24th, 2013 , Last Modified: January 24th, 2013

    The way that you take care of your home should be different in the winter than it is in the summer. After all, new weather brings new dangers. The following security tips can keep your house safe when it gets cold.

    Window Security

    Your windows are often an overlooked part of your home security. Winter months can lead to cracking and breakage - both things that can make it easier to break into your home. Before you leave on a trip, make sure to check for new cracks in your windows.

    The Little Things

    There are a thousand little things you can do around the house to make it safer. Make sure, for example, that you always pick up the newspaper or that you make sure that someone else keeps a watch on your house while you are out of town. When it comes to security tips, it is often the little things that can keep you safe.

    Security Systems

    Always check on your security system, especially when power outages begin to become a problem. Always go through a system check, and make sure that you are aware of connections to your security company. A security connection for your home is, after all, only good if it keeps working during the winter.

    The Locks

    It should go without saying, but always check your locks. This may not be a winter tip, but it is also the best line of defense against criminals. If your doors are locked, you can usually scare away people who are looking to commit crimes of opportunity.

    Look at Your Doors

    If you live in an area with snow, you will likely get quite a few flyers about snow removal services. These flyers can also serve as a sign that you have not been around for some time. If you want to make sure that you stay safe, make sure that someone else can get these flyers when you are out of town.

    Garage Safety

    You will probably spend more time in your garage during the winter than in the summer. Unfortunately, most would-be criminals will also notice your new movements. Make sure that you always lock your garage, and always lock the doors leading into the garage. If you can do this, you can help to reduce potential crimes.

    Know Your Neighborhood

    Get familiar with your neighborhood in the winter. Patterns of life tend to change when snow falls, so try to consider your security tips in light of this. Get used to knowing when strangers will be around, and pay attention to how utility schedules change - this can tell you quite a bit about your safety.

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