There’s nothing like spending time with family during the holidays. It’s one of the few times we get each year to truly unwind and appreciate the presence of the ones we love. However, burglars have also found this time of year excellent for taking advantage of homeowners who aren’t expecting disaster during such a happy time. Following these five tips will help you ensure the holidays are secure for your family:
1. Take Care with Packages
Ordering gifts to be delivered through the mail is becoming as common an activity as going to the store to pick them out, and large boxes are a beacon for burglars. If you’re expecting packages, avoid leaving them on your doorstep for extended periods of time. Try to schedule delivery to coincide with times when you’re home for maximum safety.
2. Conceal the Anticipation (Slightly)
A pile of gifts and an array of decorations do a good job of getting the family excited about the upcoming celebration, but they also tend to attract unwanted attention. Eliminate visibility of expensive-looking holiday gifts and ornaments from the outside of your home.
3. Remember Fire Safety
If you’re lighting extra candles for the holidays, make sure to keep your basic fire safety procedures in mind. Keeping flames out of the reach of pets and small children are a must. Also remember to put candles out before going to bed.
4. Make Your Whereabouts Secret
If you plan to spend time out of town, find a way to make your house looked lived-in. There’s nothing burglars like to see more than an unoccupied home. Consider having a neighbor stop by periodically to create the allusion of activity on your property. You could also schedule your lights to be turned on and off using home automation.
Consider a Home Security System
If you want to ensure that the safety of your home is being monitored at all times, consider installing a home security system. A wireless home security system will empower you to receive alerts about activity on your property, call for help when it’s needed and even control lights and locks remotely.
LiveWatch home security systems come fully equipped for holiday safety and can easily be upgraded to include home automation services for added convenience. LiveWatch security consultants are here to help you pick a system that fits your needs.