Keep Burglars Away During Holiday Travels

Posted by Destin Real Estate Sales on Monday, January 9th, 2012 at 1:54pm.


More Americans travel on Thanksgiving weekend than on any other weekend, kicking off America’s busiest travel season. Whether you’re visiting relatives or taking a vacation, your Destin home is a potential target for burglars while you’re away. According to the FBI, every 14 seconds a burglary occurs somewhere in the U.S. Burglary rates have risen during the recession and are expected to rise further during the coming holidays.


Surprisingly, most burglaries do not occur in the dark of night, but during the day between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. More than a third of burglars gain entry by forcing open the front door. And don’t think you’re safe if you have already moved out and your home is sitting empty while it’s on the market. The struggling economy and high price of metals have made it lucrative for thieves to burgle empty houses in search of copper pipe and wiring, leaving Destin home sellers [] with a mess and hefty repair bill.


If your South Walton home will be unattended over the holidays or while it’s on the market, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your home from burglary. Research has shown that if it takes more than 4 to 5 minutes to break in, most burglars will give up; so anything you do to make it harder for a burglar to enter your home reduces your risk of burglary.


  1. Install a home security system. Burglars are three times less likely to burgle a home protected by an alarm system.
  2. If you are selling your home, choose an experienced Destin Realtor and let her know when your home will be vacant. An expert South Walton real estate agent [] will be showing your home frequently, making it less of a target.
  3. Notify your neighbors and local police of your travel dates and provide an emergency contact number.
  4. Purchase vacant home insurance.

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