Monday, November 12, 2018
Top 5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe During the Holidays
Top 5 tips for Keeping Your Home Safe
during the Holidays
You’re not alone if you are traveling this Holiday Season.
November is upon us and like you lots of people have travel plans approaching
from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. In 2017, we had record-breaking travel from November
the busiest months for long-distance trips every year. Increasing numbers of
homes are left unattended every year during the holidays.
Enjoy a worry-free trip this holiday. Follow these few tips
to keep your home secure while you’re away this season.
Up with Home Maintenance. Don’t leave a calling card for potential
intruders. Nothing tips them off more than mail, packages or newspapers piling
up, overgrown landscape, or snow in the driveway. Make sure you arrange for
these few things to be taken care of while you are away. Have a friend pick
them up or have your mail or newspapers stopped all together. This news report
of a home invasion tells how the thief knew no one was home by the newspapers
in the driveway. Don’t
fall victim to this simple mistake.
2. Make it look like someone is home. You
may have heard this one before, but we often forget it in our time of hustle
and bustle to get on the road. Simply adding
a timer to your lights to turn
on at a certain time can make it look like someone is home. Our outdoor
version can double as outside hidden security. Having a dark home is a dead
ringer you aren’t there. You don’t need to channel your inner Kevin McCallister
in Home Alone, to make your space
look occupied. Some other tricks are
leaving a pair of shoes by the door, keeping a TV on or keeping a car in the
3. Lock Up. It’s obvious, but sometimes we
forget. A large number of home invasions happen through unlocked entry. Take an
extra walk through your home to make sure all the windows and doors are locked
while you are away. Lock up or move any valuables out of sight. Also make sure
you don’t have any spare keys hidden in obvious places outside your home.
4. Home Security. Whether it’s a dog,
alarm system or video surveillance, you will know when someone has entered your
home. Our covert video surveillance is disguised in your everyday objects that
get overlooked in most circumstances. You can arm yourself with a standalone
DVR, WiFi or cloud storage camera. WiFi and Cloud
cameras have the ability of notifying you when they detect movement in the area
of view. With FREE apps, you can check-in with live streaming, recording and
play back options at anytime from anywhere you get a signal. And if your home
is broken into while you’re away, you can notify the authorities and have clear
evidence of the perpetrator to take to law enforcement.
5. Keep your plans off Social Media. In a
high technological society, we tend to overshare. We check-in and post from
everywhere. Don’t put your holiday travel schedule in print for everyone to see
because that information is widely accessed. Keep a close friend or neighbor in
the loop, they can check on your place while you are gone. You don’t need to
share right away, if you take any pictures or have any fun experience, post
them when you return.