Christmas is one of the world’s favorite holidays and it is easy to see why. In fact, in the USA, it is far and away from the most popular according to stats. It is a great time to spend some quality time with your family, and potentially get a few gifts in the process as well. The weather might be cold, but it is a joyful time for most families.
However, some stats also show that Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for burglars and home invaders. As a result, you need to be taking some extra safety precautions during the holiday season. From alarm monitoring to keeping expensive items and gifts out of view, this article is going to go over a few tips to keep your home safe this holiday season.
Have a Security System
One of the best things you can do for the security of your home during the holidays is having a security system. Sure, locking your windows and doors is great, but sometimes it simply isn’t enough. Having a security system with an alarm and other helpful features is recommended.
Many can give you a clear and comprehensive view of the safety of your home, even when you’re on the go. Some even come complete with cameras nowadays, so you can check in on your home anytime you’re away. While these can sometimes cost a bit of money, it is a worthy investment to make to protect your home.
Keep Expensive Items Hidden
For many people, their Christmas tree sits in the middle of their living room, right in front of a big front window. This is to show off your tree and lights to everyone passing by. Unfortunately, the people that often notice it most are potential burglars. If burglars can see your tree and massive amounts of gifts right in plain view, it might make you an easy target for them.
If expensive items and gifts are kept away from the windows, potential burglars won’t be able to see what’s in your home, and won’t be tempted to rob you. Also, keeping large windows closed can also restrict people from seeing inside your home.
Keep Any Trip Plans Relatively Private
It is very popular for people to travel during Christmas. This could be going on a hot winter holiday with your family, or even going to a few cities over to visit your parents. Whatever the reason for your travel, and wherever you go, it is a good idea to keep your trip plans off of social media and as private as possible.
The less that people and the world know where and when you are leaving, the better. Almost anyone can find a way to access your social media pages, even potential burglars. If they know you are gone at a certain time, it can make you an easier target. Don’t advertise your trips on social media and there is a better chance you won’t fall victim to a burglar.
Ensure Your Home Looks “Lived-in”
When you are gone for a trip or vacation, do everything you can to make sure your home looks like people are still living there. Even if you are gone for most of the holiday season, there are things you can do to ensure your home looks as “lived-in” as possible. For example, having some lights on an automated timer can fool people into thinking you are home.
Leaving a car in the driveway can also make potential burglars think twice about trying to enter your home. Even something as simple as having a neighbor get your mail and shovel your walkway can make it look as if nothing is out of the ordinary at your home.
Use Candles and Fireplaces Responsibly
While securing your home from burglars and unwanted guests is important, so is ensuring you protect it from yourself. Christmas and the holiday season is one of the best times a year to curl up around the fireplace and have a fire. Using candles throughout the home to share the scents of Christmas is also popular.
However, it is important to use these things responsibly. The last thing you want is for a fire to spread and destroy your gifts, tree and home on Christmas Eve. When having a fire, ensure your trees, stockings and any other potentially flammable materials are far away. Also make sure to put out the fire and candles completely before going to bed or leaving the home.
In conclusion, using the tips in this article can help ensure your home is kept safe during the holidays.