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Ways to Protect Your Home During the Holidays1
The end of year holidays is eagerly awaited by many of us. It is a time of gift giving, cheer and a great time to get together with family and friends. Often times, that means traveling to another location, whether it be to see family and friends or see somewhere more tropical or historical. This requires a lot of planning and preparation.
The destination or anticipation can often be a distraction from being smart about your home preparation. It is easy to remember to bring your toothbrush, but what about safeguarding your most important possession, the house? Here are some important things to remember when going away to parties or on vacations during the holidays.
Lock it up
Most people are cautious enough to keep their doors locked when leaving the house, but this is always an important reminder. Especially when going off on a long trip, checking all doors and windows will prevent easy break-ins. If you are going for a short trip, leave a light or two on, to give the appearance of someone being home. If you have an alarm system, of course, make sure to set that.
Mail and Packages
Package thieves have been on the rise in recent days. If you expect to be away for a while, make sure you know what packages are coming. If you expect some to come while you are gone, enlist a trusted neighbor to watch out for them, and have them pick them up daily for you. Packages left on the porch for too long is an easy tip-off that you aren’t home.
There have been many advances in security in the last few years, and the range of products and services are vast. A friend of mine had been gone for Halloween and decided to leave candy on his porch with the honor system that someone only takes two pieces of candy. He had a smart video doorbell installed and when he came back his candy was gone. Thankfully, he was able to view the perpetrators through the video of his doorbell and was able to identify them and reported them to the police. There are other security measures like security lights, home security systems, and even remote monitoring. Make sure to get the security to protect your greatest investment.
While home security is a huge way to protect your home, social media can be a huge detriment. This has been discussed a lot more recently, but it is important to note how important it is not to let potential thieves know where you are. If you are telling people on Social Media that you are “In Hawaii for two relaxing weeks!” savvy thieves can often find this information and track down where you live. Don’t ever gives clues like that, or you will be an easier target.
When thinking of security, the online is not always considered. Make sure when you are shopping online you only visit safe sites, which you can see displayed by the encryption certificates. You should also use credit cards and debit cards that have protections for odd expenditures and call and verify that you, in fact, made that purchase.
We hope you have a safe and happy holiday, and more importantly that you are taking the necessary precautions to keep your home safe as well.
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