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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Here are a few holiday safety tips to make your home more secure

Holiday safety tip: If you go out of town, don't post your travel plans on social media. You never know who could see it.The holiday season is upon us, we want to make sure that you have a safe and happy holiday. Here are a few steps you can take to make your home secure:

 

  1. Don’t post your travel plans on social media. Even with a private profile, you never know who is checking to see if your house is empty. Save the status updates for after you return home. 

  2. Double-check holiday lights and wiring. Christmas lights look festive both indoors and out, but faulty wiring or overloading an outlet can be a fire hazard. Be sure to look for frayed wiring and unplug lights when not in use. 

  3. Invest in a timer for lights. Setting lights on a nightly timer deters thieves by giving the illusion that someone is home.

  4. Have a friend drop by to check for delivered packages and store them somewhere more secure than the front porch.

  5. Keep the curtains slightly closed, and before you leave, take a minute to look in your own windows from the street and check if valuables are easily visible. If they are, consider moving them somewhere inconspicuous. 

  6. Unplug your automatic garage door opener to keep thieves from opening it with a universal remote.

  7. Lose the hidden key. If you have a hidden spare key placed near an entrance, take it with you while you’re gone (or store it safely inside your house). Chances are a thief can easily find it and walk right in the front door. 

  8. Lock up jewelry and small valuables.

  9. Double-check your door and window locks. It’s easy for you to overlook the lock on a spare bedroom window, but thieves usually enter a home through an open door or window. 

 10. Invest in a monitored or unmonitored security system. Monitored systems are more expensive, but they provide the added benefit of the alarm company contacting emergency services on your behalf if they detect a problem. An unmonitored system (like an installed doorway camera you can watch from your phone) is cheaper, but you will need to monitor the camera and call the police if necessary.