The holiday season is upon us and, while it’s a time to focus on special moments with those we love, it’s also prime season for criminals and those who wish to take advantage of vulnerabilities.
With a few simple tips and tricks, we can enjoy a problem-free holiday season:
DETER CRIMINALS WITH THE RIGHT SECURITY
It turns out that home and business security systems do deter burglars. According to a recent study involving actual burglars, 83% reported that they look for security systems and 60% said they will go elsewhere if they spot one.
DOOR REINFORCEMENT WORKS
If you’ve got a wood doorjamb, the lock strike plate is the weakest point in your door. Upgrade to a heavy-duty strike plate, and use long screws to secure it to the doorframe. Be sure to secure your windows, too.
DON’T TEMPT THIEVES WITH PACKAGES
Porch pirates are out there. One way to secure your packages is to invest in a home security system with a doorbell camera and smart lock. This gives you the ability to secure packages from your phone.
DON’T LET CRIMINALS KNOW YOU’RE AWAY
Avoid the mistakes that so many homeowners make when they travel. Don’t forget to secure your home and turn on your alarm before you leave. Don’t leave signs that you’re away (like piled up newspapers or trash cans out at the curb). Don’t post your whereabouts on social media. And, do be sure to illuminate your house using timers to turn lights off and on as if you were home.
If you own a modern security system, be sure to set up a few smartphone alerts and reminders before you travel this year. You’ll know if you forget anything essential, and you can often fix simple issues from wherever you are.
GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS
Neighborhood Watch works. Be there for your neighbors and let them be there for you when you travel and during times of need. Ask them to be on the lookout for suspicious activity when you’ll be away.
HOME SECURITY IS A YEAR-ROUND ISSUE
A smart home security system will give you the technology and ease you deserve year round. Talk to a company like Liberty Lock and Security to ensure you’re getting the most expert advice and the system that works best for you.