With all of the pleasant holidays thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa all wrapped up in the winter months many people tend to get lost in all the joy and forget some key factors in home security and safety. Winter makes for a perfect time for intruders because you can bet there will be tons of distractions, traffic, less daylight, and most importantly lots and lots of expensive gifts.
Lets keep the holiday spirit going but, before you begin we are going to give you some simple tips to stay protected this winter.
1) Hide Tools
Many people during this time of the year put there tools to good use. Hanging decorations or shoveling snow out of the side walks and driveways. Make sure once you have completed the task take your tools and place them back inside so those tools cannot be used to pry open your doors or windows.
2) Limit Social Media
Lets face it social media is every where but, that doesn’t mean you have to place all of your personal information for everyone to see. Intruders can monitor social media accounts to get up to date information on travel information and or your whereabouts. Inform everyone who lives in the household to limit status updates until arrival from trip.
3) Make it seem as if someone is home
Intruders typically monitor a neighborhood before they select a target. So you want to make your home look as if it is occupied even when you are away on a vacation. Ask a neighbor or friend to stop by daily to collect incoming mail and newspapers. Also, to shovel the driveway and walkways to make its seem as if the home is still being maintained.
4) Leave Lights on
During the winter months set up timers to activate interior and exterior lights if possible. Proper lighting during the evening will deter a home intruder. Look into a security system that has randomized lighting control option for convenience.
5) Make sure Doors and Windows are Closed
This is by far the most common mistake home owners make. Something as simple as checking all doors and windows making sure they are locked can be the difference between an intruder choosing to enter or flee to another home.
6) Be Discrete with your Gift Purchases
Many home owners love to show off their Christmas tress and decorations inside there home. You will drive by some house’s and be able to look directly in seeing all of the gifts sitting under the tree. Try not to do this because it shows that you do have items to offer an intruder if they decide to go with your home. This also goes for your trash don’t throw the gift boxes directly into the trash and leave it in the front of your house. Try to make one large garbage bag and throw it away in an offsite location all at once.
7) Home security System
If you don’t have a Home security system you should think about installing one in your home. Intruders will typically stay away from a home that has a home security system. If they have been watching your home they will see whether you have one or not by the interaction between home owner and system. The security signs and stickers that are provided make sure to flaunt those where people can see so they know you are protected. Lastly, make sure to test your alarm signals once a week and before headed out of town.
Hopefully these tips will help keep you and your family safe!