Holiday Home Security Tips
Securing your home against burglary is always important, but during the holidays—when gifts such as HDTVs, smart phones, jewelry, cash, and other valuables surround your tree—home security should be at the top of your list.
To protect your home, valuables, and overall peace of mind against burglary over the holidays, incorporate these important holiday home security tips into your plans.
Anti-Burglary Home Security Tips
- One of the first things a burglar looks for when casing a residence is easy access through a door or window. In addition to keeping your doors and windows locked at all times, ensure your vulnerable entry doors and windows are equipped with an added layer of security. Home security devices such as a security door brace and glass protection film are highly effective in preventing break-ins through locked doors and windows.
- Unoccupied homes are prime targets for burglary. To give the appearance that someone is home, install two or more light timers in your home, along with a timer for your TV and/or radio, and set them to turn on and off at various times while you're away. Timers that can be operated remotely with the use of a computer or smart phone are convenient home security devices, as they allow lights and other electronics to be turned on and off when you're away from home.
- Going away for the holidays? Ask a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member to keep your driveway and door clear of newspapers and/or advertisements while you're away. Having someone park their car in your driveway can also give the appearance that your home is occupied.
- NEVER post a message on your social media account that lets everyone know you are away for the holidays. The same goes for your home answering machine message. There are some criminals who make a business out of scanning social media pages and calling homes in search of these messages and their next target.
- Avoid placing your Christmas tree and its surrounding gifts in front of a ground-level window. This only makes it easy for burglars to break the window, reach in and grab the gifts.
- Running electrical cords through a window to plug in outdoor Christmas lights is a security hazard because it often prevents the window from being closed and locked. If you don't have an electrical outlet on the exterior of your home, have one installed by a professional. Otherwise, restrict your Christmas lights to the interior of your window.
- Placing empty boxes from gifts such as TVs, computers, and other popular electronics out on the street or in your garbage cans after the holidays only further entices burglars. To avoid this, break down/cut up the boxes and dispose of them in plastic garbage bags before placing them outside for pickup.
The holidays are meant to be a time of joy, thanks, and happy times with friends and family. To ensure you and your family enjoy this festive time of year, place home security at the top of your list this holiday season.
Jordan Frankel - The Security Sensei
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