The most wonderful time of the year is once again upon us. The holidays are a favorite time to spend time with family and friends. And, of course, gift-giving is a big part of the fun. The lead-up to the holidays brings a flurry of packages, deliveries, and activity. But all the hustle and bustle combined with an influx of valuables can leave you vulnerable to a burglary. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to keep your family safe and protect your valuables–including those precious holiday gifts.
Collect packages quickly when they’re delivered.
December always brings a flurry of deliveries, with trucks from various companies stopping at our homes multiple times a week. Leaving deliveries on the porch or in the driveway is an invitation for porch pirates and may also attract burglars to your house. Monitor your deliveries online and keep track of each delivery. Doorbell and exterior cameras can deter would-be thieves.
Don’t Show the World Your Gifts
Don’t make your home a target by placing your beautiful tree surrounded by gifts in a visible place. Put your tree in a cozy corner or behind curtains to boost privacy.
Don’t broadcast your travel plans on social media
Letting the public know you’re out of town is a huge security no-no. Remember, nothing shared on social media is truly private. If you want to share photos on Facebook, wait until you’re back in town.
Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your property while you’re out of town
Return the favor when they’re on vacation. Formal or informal neighborhood watch programs are excellent crime deterrents.
Improve your outdoor lighting
With its long nights, winter is perfect for ramping up your exterior lighting. Motion lights with sensors can alert you if someone is on your property. Illuminating walkways and entryways make potential intruders easier to spot. It also keeps holiday visitors safe as they navigate your yard, steps, and walkways.
Mind your Christmas lights
If you use holiday lights for decoration, be sure lights are in good working order with no knots or frayed cords. Use LED lights, which are cooler and safer than incandescent bulbs. Turn off holiday lights when you go to bed and during the day.
Invest in a security system
If you don’t have a security system, the holidays are a perfect time to consider making the investment. Be sure to include the following elements:
- Doorbell cameras and exterior security cameras.
- Motion sensors on doors and windows.
- An alarm system is one of the best deterrents against break-ins.
- Smart controls and remote access via your smartphone.
Home Security: The Gift of Peace of Mind
If you’ve been considering a home security system, the end-of-year holidays are a perfect time to take the leap. You’ll be delighted with the many perks of a 21st Century home security system. And best of all, it’s easily integrated with other elements of your smart home, with easy-to-use keypad alarm systems, remote monitoring and control of shades and lighting. As a home security leader in Northern Virginia for decades, Aegis Technologies offers a professional security assessment and a custom-designed plan tailored to your needs. What could be better than giving your family the gift of peace of mind? Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season!