Home Security around the Holidays
Home security is always important, especially around the holidays. People might not be thinking about home security that much because they’re spending more time at home. The coronavirus changed this situation. Many people were forced inside. As a result, residential property crimes dramatically fell. Still, the threat of holiday related theft and burglaries remain a problem. Criminals still target homes, but they do it in different ways. Check out how you can better protect yourself during the holidays.
Keep the Area Around your Home Locked up and Secured
Truthfully, people are still being ripped off while they’re at home. The thefts are not happening as much but they do happen. During the holidays, people are in a rush and they typically don’t take the time to worry about security or garage door safety. Many people don’t lock their gates, lock their doors, or take garage door safety seriously. Some people leave their sheds open, outdoor cellar basement doors, and even the side door to their homes. Homeowners, you should make it a point to secure windows, doors, gates, sheds, and your garage even if you’re home. Some criminals are sneaky enough to break inside and steal your goods while you’re inside.
Beware of the Porch Pirates
COVID has forced people to stay inside. Many people are now ordering items online. Since people have been receiving more items to their homes, criminals have been swiping more of these items. Homeowners should order products online. When you do this, make sure you are keeping track of your expected delivery date and track your package. Keep an eye out for your item on the day it is supposed to arrive. Don’t allow your products to sit out in the open. Send instructions to the delivery driver to place it in a secure location on your property. Using these safety tips will help to keep porch pirates from stealing your holiday deliveries.
Don’t Advertise your Christmas Gifts on Social Media
People who have a lot of gifts under their tree should not show pictures of their gifts until Christmas Day. The reason being is that some criminals can see your profile and decide to rip you off. People might not know where you live, but that doesn’t mean they can’t figure it out. The best thing to do is to show your holiday gifts on the day of Christmas or after.
Basic Home Security Measures
Basic home security measures include adjusting the lighting outside of your home, making sure to set your alarm system, and checking for fire hazards. Check your Christmas lights and chimney to ensure that they are not flammable. If you happen to go on a vacation during this pandemic, then have a neighbor, friend, or relative check your home. Finally, use these safety tips and don’t allow criminals to mess up your holiday spirit and good cheer.
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