The holiday season brings families together from near and far. When you leave home to visit friends and family for the holidays, it’s a good idea to take some precautions. You can keep your home safe during the holidays and give yourself peace of mind by implementing these five home security tips.
Hold Your Mail
While you’re preparing to be away during the holidays, don’t forget to call your local post office or go to the USPS website to put a hold on the delivery of your mail. Mail that hasn’t been removed from a mailbox is an obvious sign to potential burglars that a house is unoccupied.
Keeping this in mind, it’s also wise to do the same for any daily newspapers you receive. A growing stack of newspapers on your lawn is another hint to thieves that your home is empty.
Install A Home Security System To Keep Your Home Safe During The Holidays
While you’re gone visiting family for the holidays, your home will be left empty and vulnerable. Criminals are aware that many families spend time away from their homes towards the end of the year.
You can keep your home safe during the holidays by having a home security system installed. A home security system monitors your home for unauthorized access and movement. If anyone attempts to enter your home, the security system will send a notification to you and to the security company to request police assistance.
When you’re not home to look over your property, let CCTV cameras to do the job for you. CCTV cameras help to keep your home safe during the holidays. The mere presence of CCTV cameras acts as a deterrent for criminal activity. Furthermore, CCTV cameras store the footage so it can be reviewed later. There are apps available that allow you to view your CCTV camera feeds while you’re away from your home.
Hire A House Sitter
A trusted friend or family temporarily living in your home will deter criminals and keep your home safe during the holidays. Criminals like to choose homes that are unoccupied because it reduces their chance of being caught.
If a home has a car parked in the driveway that is clearly being moved every day then they’ll move on to a different home. Hiring someone to watch your house while you’re away is also a great solution if you have pets.
Light Controllers & Timers
Installing light timers in your home is a convenient way to trick possible burglars. Light controllers and timers give you the ability to turn your electrical devices on and off at set times. You can use these devices both for indoor lamps and for outdoor Christmas lights.