Keeping your home and your family safe during the holidays is of paramount concern. Sure, you want to have fun and enjoy this special time visiting with family and friends, but safety comes first — especially when you’re preparing for a vacation. The holidays bring with them special memories, gifts, shared meals, parties and much more. But if you have to travel in order to spend time with family, take the right precautions before you plan your trip.
Home Security Systems
To protect your home and everything in it, home alarm systems provide a strong first line of defense that begins and ends at the point of contact. You can get as involved as you want in the type of system you choose, but the overall goal should be to stop someone from entering your residence. Stop them in their tracks at the door by installing a state of the art home security system that will not only scare them off with a loud alarm but that will also simultaneously alert the local authorities of a breach in security.
Tell Only Essential People About Your Travel Plans
In today’s digital world of social media, it can be tempting to post your travel plans or show everyone photos of you on your holiday trip. Refrain from doing this and just wait till you get back. You never know who’s watching your posts or staking out your house. Don’t make it easy for a burglar to victimize you. Tell only the closest people in your life about where you’re going, so that they can keep an eye on your home or contact you if something looks suspicious.
Make Your Home Look Lived-In
Before leaving for your holiday trip, you may be tempted to close up the house like Fort Knox. While you certainly want to man the alarm system and keep the doors and windows locked, there are other things you can do to give the illusion you are home. Leave strategic lights on here and there, keep some blinds and drapes open, tell your neighbor to park his car in your driveway while you’re gone, and ask that same neighbor to collect your mail so it doesn’t pile up, advises Consumer Reports.
Don’t leave your spare key in an obvious place. Under the welcome mat and within a fake rock are the first places burglars will look. Instead, give your spare key to someone you trust. Have a friend or family member come by each day to check your front door for flyers, bring in packages, pick up your newspaper and even shovel your walkway when there’s been a snowfall. Nothing says “we’re not home!” like a pristine, white, undisturbed landscape in the winter.
From home security systems to keeping the lights on, do your part to deter burglars from tampering with your residence and be smart when traveling for the holidays. Then, you’ll get peace of mind knowing you’re protected.