Can you believe that we’re approaching the holiday season once more? It’s time to get our homes together, time to do pull out some of our holiday recipes and also time to get ready to do some serious Christmas shopping. And just like we’re aware of all of the new things from the stores and malls that we’ll be bringing into our homes, unfortunately so do thieves. This is why it’s essential that you make sure to do all that you can to keep you, your loved ones and your belongings safe.
If you’d like a few failsafe security tips to help you accomplish this goal, we have enclosed five of them for you below:
Get an alarm. If there was ever a time to get a security alarm, this would be the time to do it. We totally understand that it might not necessarily be in the holiday shopping budget but you know the saying, an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure. As another safety precaution, you might also want to consider having some security lights installed around your home. That way, should someone approach your house, the blaring lights will prepare you.
Close your curtains (at night). Although it’s great to let a little natural light shine through in the daytime, when your windows’ shades or curtains are open at night, it’s letting people get a bird’s eye view of everything that’s inside of it. So, make a point to close your window treatments at night or consider having your windows professionally tinted. That way, people can’t see in but you can still see out.
Keep the Christmas tree away from the front of your windows. Although Christmas trees are beautiful to behold, especially when the string lights on them are shining at night, when you put them right in front of your windows, you are basically sending the message that you have presents under the tree. Our recommendation? Put it in a corner instead. It will be just as pretty to look at while keeping your home from becoming a target.
Prep your home for travel. There are a lot of us who choose the holiday season to go away to see some family members and friends. If that is a part of your plans this year, there are a few things that you should do in order to prep your home for your vacation. For one thing, either suspend your mail service or have a neighbor pick it up. Also, if you live in a climate that tends to get a lot of snow, pay a teenager in your neighborhood to shovel your driveway and porch so that people won’t know that you’re not home. If you have an Alert America or some other kind of home alarm system, make sure to turn it on. And also leave a couple of lights on throughout the house. If you’re concerned about wasting electricity, connect your lights to a timer so that they’ll only be on a few hours a day (or night).
Add some dead bolts. Also make sure to put some dead bolts on your front and back door. They’re not very expensive and they serve as a form of additional protection so that whether you’re home or away, you can be certain that you and your family will be safe this holiday season.