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According to CNN, home burglaries are up by 13% in the month of December. If you are traveling this holiday season, consider these helpful tips to keep your home safe.

?  Never leave your keys outside. Give your house keys to a sitter or neighbor in person.
?  Leave a light on. Make burglars think that you are home by leaving the kitchen or bathroom light on.
?  Hide your valuables. Be sure to close your blinds so that your possessions are out of sight.
?  Use a security system. If a security system is out of your budget, put up a fake security sign in your yard.
?  Notify someone. When making your plans to leave town, inform a trusted neighbor or family member and ask them to drop by periodically and scope out the property.