How to Keep the Grinch from Stealing Your Christmas

Nov 25, 2020

As the holiday season has arrived, burglars are on the lookout for empty houses full of valuable gifts. Unlike the Grinch, holiday robbers don't often have a heart that grows three sizes, making it more important than ever to safeguard your home and your loved ones.  

Our security experts have come up with seven useful and easy tips to help keep your family safe this holiday season.  

1. Don't leave valuables or gifts on display  

Close the blinds or move any expensive gifts away from the windows. Anyone looking in from the outside who can easily see new jewelry or a fancy gadget could be tempted to find their way into your home.   

2. Curb Burglars  

Avoid leaving boxes or packaging for well-known or identifiable items on the curb. Put them in a bag or drop them off at a recycling center nearby. Setting a box on your curb before trash pickup is a signal to robbers that that item is inside your home and essentially advertises what you received over the holiday season.  

3. Be mindful online  

In addition to the previous tip, be mindful of the things you share online. Flaunting expensive rings on your Instagram can highlight it online and entice people with bad intentions. You should never advertise your exact home address or share it with anyone you don't know, so avoid posting images that make your address too obvious.  

If you are leaving your house for vacation over the holiday season, remember our tip from How to Vacation-Proof Your Home and avoid sharing about your trip until after you're home. Posting from another country or town shows that your home is sitting empty.  

4. Decorate safely  

Consider the fire and safety risks that may be associated with your decorations. Faulty wires or damaged light strands can be a fire hazard, and keeping your outdoor decorations plugged in through a window can create a safety concern. Unplug your tree or other holiday lights when you are not home to help avoid any concerns for electrical fires.  

5. Be neighborly  

Having neighbors who watch out for each other and keep an eye on things can be a great way to deter any criminal activity in the area. Consider reaching out and wishing holiday tidings to those who live around you.   

6. Put lights on a timer  

Most criminals prefer to work in the cover of darkness. If you are not home in the evening, consider adding smart lightbulbs or managing some lights via an app such as Alarm.com. This can give you the flexibility to control your lights when you are not home.  

7. Have a security system in place  

Installing a security system with cameras, motion detectors, and smart home monitoring can be the easiest way to truly secure your home and belongings. While it works all year long to keep you safe, the holidays serve as an added reminder to do so.    

If you have any questions about getting started with a home security system or have any questions about these holiday safety tips, give our friendly team a call or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you.  

Have a safe and happy holiday season! 

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