Ah – the holidays are approaching! Yes, that dizzying schedule of end-of-the-year parties and last-minute holiday shopping means you’re out of your home more often than in it, allowing burglars ample opportunity to scope out your home. You can outsmart them and protect your home, as long as you know where you’re most vulnerable. Here are some ideas to keep you, your family and home safe during the busy holiday season.
Lock it up
If you’re going to be out of town, program your outdoor lights, keep your doors and windows locked, and set your alarm system, if you have one. If you’re going on vacation, keep a car parked in the driveway so it looks like someone’s home. If you are away for an extended period, have your mail held until you return or ask a neighbour to collect it to prevent your mailbox from overflowing.
Outsmart package thieves
Ordering online is a glorious thing, but be aware of the delivery of your package. If you live in a city or high–foot traffic area, consider using an Amazon Locker, where you can pick up packages at your own convenience. If you’re purchasing from a retailer with brick-and-mortar locations in your area, consider having your items shipped to the local store for pickup.
If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your home with the latest smart home technology, the holidays could be the perfect time to finally get on board. You’ll have the fun of a new gadget to play with, and the peace of mind that your home safe.
Stay safe online
If you’re shopping online, be sure the sites you are using are secure. Ensure your system is running the latest security updates and antivirus software. Consider using PayPal if you want to avoid giving your credit information online.
Don’t be naive when it comes to staying safe. Secure your online presence and your home and enjoy your holidays with your friends and family!