The holidays are such a busy time of year, leaving us both physically and mentally exhausted. We are so caught up in the hustle and bustle we can sometimes leave ourselves open to unwanted attention.
Did you know that facts show that a burglary occurs every 15 seconds and this rate only increases during the holiday season, with Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve being when the most thefts occur according to law officials? While most of us are thinking about what to get little Johnny for Christmas we forget there is another element out there waiting to take advantage of our little slip ups.
Don’t let this bring your holidays down; just remember the little things you can do to improve your personal and home security.
Out of sight, out of mind –
Avoid displaying holiday gifts so they can be easily seen through windows; pull the blinds, close the curtains and put your gifts in a secure location. You just never know who might be paying attention so keep those social media brags to a minimum. I’ve seen 3 public posts this week alone about big screen T.Vs and iPads just purchased. It’s great to be excited about that great gift you scored for a loved one, but remember your audience and your privacy settings! Additionally don’t leave commonly stolen outdoor items out in the open; like bikes, mowers, leaf blowers etc. Make sure they are out of site and in secure locations.
Technology can be useful –
So many advances have been made in technology, it’s simply mind blowing. While theft peeks during the holidays the security of your home should be a year round concern. With the introduction of wireless security systems your home can be safely monitored without the hassle of drilling or technicians and can even provide you on the go monitoring directly to your cell phone.
I love UPS –
While I love seeing that big brown truck pull-up, it can also cause unwanted attention. If you’re afraid you will miss a delivery don’t post a note on the door saying you’ll be back at 3 or it’s safe for them to leave the package. Not only is your package in jeopardy but your clearly advertising you’re not home and giving the thief a time frame.
The simple –
Remember your everyday precautions, things that are super simple and should always be done.
- Lock your doors
- Secure screened and storm doors
- Lock your backyard gate
- Keep your home well lite at night – motion sensor lighting is great as well.
- Keep the shed locked
- Trim your shrubs
Be neighborly –
A smile and a wave does more good than you might realize. My husband waves to every car coming down the block. At first I thought he was just crazy, me I want to be left alone. But this is actually a great deterrent. The last thing a thief wants is to notice you noticing him – or her!
Don’t let your guard down –
The holidays are over and you have all that trash. Remember to conceal the gift boxes. Don’t just toss the computer box, big screen T.V box and other boxes showing items of value right in front of your trash pile. This is like an open display of what you’re hiding inside. Break down those boxes, bury them at the bottom of your trash, or if you have the time, take them to the dump yourself.
Don’t let something as simple as forgetting to lock your doors spoil your holiday season. Be smart, be friendly and be aware, so you can enjoy your holidays.
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