Christmas Safety tips

 

While you’re out standing in line for the stores to open at dawn or home late trying to scoop up every last deal remember to keep in mind these basic Christmas safety tips.

  • Lock everything: This seems obvious, but more often than you would expect a burglar gets into a house just because something was left open or unlocked, especially with house guests visiting who may not have keys.

  • Secure valuables: Never leave anything of value out in plain sight. If you have not already done so, now may be a good time to consider placing any jewelry, extra cash or other valuables in a safe deposit box or even a secure hidden safe within the house. Nothing should ever be visible from any window and the master bedroom is the first room any intruder will check for valuables.

  • Control your social status: Though you might be tempted to broadcast to the world about how excited you are for your holiday travels or Black Friday shopping sprees, resist the urge to broadcast to the whole world that you are not going to be home. Many people cannot seem to wait to let everyone on Facebook or Twitter know that they are about to leave and this is a dangerous thing to share.

  • Leave the light on: Not the most eco-friendly advice, but the more it looks like someone is home, the less likely that someone will try to intrude on your home. Keep the lights on, the Christmas lights lit, and the television on. Anything to signify to potential robbers that someone is home. The home automation and smartphone interactive management tools available from many security systems today allows for you to turn your off and on the lights throughout the day and night to keep up appearances that someone is home.

  • Activate your alarm system: Again, while it may seem obvious, your mind is distracted and you could be in a rush to get out the door. Don’t forget to arm your security system – this simple step will go a long way to protect your home.

    When in doubt, think like a robber. How would they get in? Does it look like someone is home? Where are your valuables? Use common sense and remember these easy home security tips and ensure your possessions will be safe from harm while you are out doing your Christmas shopping, traveling or partying.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         So stay safe this Christmas and Holiday season. Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New  Year!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Pat Lins

Pat Lins

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