Keeping Up With Home Security During the Holiday Season
The holidays are upon us and many of us are looking forward to spending quality time with friends and family. While you’re busy shopping for gifts and planning the perfect family vacation, it’s important to remember that criminals are looking forward to the holiday season as well. As many of us head out to holiday parties, would-be burglars are busy casing our homes, looking for the perfect opportunity for entry.
Burglaries happen all the time during the holiday season. Especially to people that think they’re protected. A top-of-the-line security system simply isn’t enough to keep you safe. This is why it’s so important to learn all you can about home security during the holiday season.
Don’t Make Yourself a Target
Make sure to set your alarm and keep all doors, windows, and gates locked while you are away. Set programmable lights to turn on at dusk and off at dawn, and play music while you’re out. If you plan to go away on vacation, have a neighbor or friend park a vehicle in your driveway so that it looks as though someone is home. It’s also important to make sure to stop your mail and newspapers or have a friend or neighbor pick them up each day. Lock all side gates if you have a yard.
Some law enforcement will suggest you remove any signs stating the brand of your security system or put a different one up that what you actually have. Although many people believe these signs deter thieves, they can also provide information for what to do to circumvent the security system.
Deter Package Thieves
Nothing says “nobody’s home” like packages left on the front porch all day. In addition to letting would-be burglars know you aren’t home, thieves often take these unattended packages which could contain anything from expensive gifts to life-saving medicine.
If possible, have packages dropped off at your office or another location where someone can hold them. Amazon even offers lockers at retail locations where you can pick up the packages at your convenience. If neither of these options work, most shipping companies will allow you to postpone delivery until someone is home.
Be Careful What You Post on Social Media
Smart thieves not only watch your home but also your social media accounts. Never announce on social media that you’re away from home. Wait until you’ve returned to post about parties, events or vacations.
Man’s Best Friend May be The Best Defense
According to law enforcement, a dog loose in your home could be your best defense against burglars gaining access or even trying to break in. Even the friendliest dog will protect its home by barking at strangers. Would-be burglars often see large dogs as too much of a hassle. This could be just what you need to protect your home.
Consider Glass Breaking Sensors
Most criminals won’t bother to open doors, making door sensors useless. Instead, they break the glass of doors and/or windows to gain easy access to your home. Glass breaking sensors sound an alarm when they detect breaking glass, making them an effective part of your home security system.
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