Don’t Let a Grinch Steal Your Christmas…Nine Home Security Tips for the Holidays
The holidays are a time of a celebration, and, perhaps, the busiest time of year as we rush from store to store, party to party, enjoying the season. Unfortunately, it’s also the busiest time of year for intruders!
Protecting your property is important every day of year, but around the holidays it becomes even more of a necessity when homes are likely to be vacant as residents travel to visit with family, and an abundance of gifts like jewelry, TVs and other electronics rest under the Christmas tree.
Don’t let a Grinch steal your holiday joy this year! Check out these nine tips to keep your property secure during the holiday season and beyond:
- Most robberies occur when homes are unoccupied, but with smart lighting control solutions the bad guys don’t have to know nobody’s home. Use timers to set inside and outside lights to come on in the evening and turn off in the morning.
- Don’t leave shades open or place your Christmas tree in front of a window visible from the street. This could give potential thieves the opportunity to take inventory of your valuables or even smash the window, grab your gifts and take off.
- Be wary of people going door-to-door soliciting donations. This is a common ruse used by criminals.
- Don’t run extension cords for holiday lights through windows. Running extension cords through windows causes them not to close or latch properly. This can create an easy entry point for burglars.
- If you’re traveling over the holidays, enlist a trusted neighbor to bring up trash cans and collect newspapers and mail. These items can be a dead giveaway to intruders when they remain unmoved over time.
- Don’t announce your travel plans on social media sites. While you may want to share your excitement with friends, you never know whose hands the information may fall into.
- Invest in surveillance cameras. Not only will visible cameras deter burglars, but many can be accessed remotely so that you can keep an eye on your home when you’re away from your laptop, tablet or even smart phone.
- Don’t dump empty boxes for expensive gifts like computers, televisions and audio equipment curbside or next to trash cans after the holidays. Your “trash” could be just the incentive intruders need. Instead, break down boxes and dispose of them in plastic garbage bags before placing them in the trash.
- Invest in an alarm system and/or security monitoring package. In the event of an intruder attempting to enter your property, an alarm with be set off and emergency personnel will be notified immediately. Central Valley residents can contact us at (559) 521-1400 or www.hitechhome.net to learn more about our smart security solutions and holiday specials.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!