Holiday Home Security Tips and Facts

Holidays are a great time to celebrate all that you are grateful for in life. Many people have religious affiliations and many simply use the time to be with their family and often have a brief reprieve from the rigors of the daily working life.

There is one group of people, however, for whom the holidays mean it’s time to really get back to work. These people are burglars and thieves. For a home invader, the holidays mean that people will be buying expensive gifts, they mean that people will be out of town and away on vacation, they mean that many people will be lax on their home security.

It is very sad that some people want to take advantage of other people during joyous times and break into their homes. But it is no surprise to most people that this is just part of life. There will always be thieves who want to take things away from people.

This article will give you a few tips to improve your home security during the holidays. It is always important to be aware of how you can improve the safety of your home and family, not just during the holidays. But toward the end of the year is a good time to start thinking about what you can do to improve your situation.

Home Security Holiday Tip #1

Keep your lawn and hedges will manicured. This is one of the chief ways of making your home the type of place that burglars want to avoid. In short, if it looks like you care about your property and take the steps to keep it nice and orderly, people will not be as inclined to mess with you. Furthermore, keeping your landscape in order eliminates hiding places and dark areas where people could easily hide.

Holiday Home Security Tip #2

Use motion sensing lights on the exterior of your home. Installing lights that turn on when they sense movement is a very good way to deter people from burglarizing your home. In short, light is the enemy of a home invader. The main aim of someone breaking into your home is to be undetected and certainly not caught in the act. Lights wake people up and take away hiding places.

Holiday Home Security Tip #3

Always lock your windows and doors. This sounds very simple and obvious right? Then why do many people not heed the warnings and leave their windows unlocked. During the holidays, people will often string lights on and around their homes. To get a power supply to the lights, homeowners sometime string an extension cord through a window. The problem with this is the window may not shut or lock securely with the cord stuck through. This is bad because someone can easily pry the window open or reach inside. Windows are the number one way thieves enter homes. Besides unlocked doors!

Holiday Home Security Tip #4

Be careful to keep flammable items (including Christmas trees) away from sources of fire. This again is obvious, but the more careful you are the safer you and your family will be. Always make sure that matches are completely extinguished by putting them under running water before you throw them in the trash. Also, make sure that your fire alarm is working and does not have a low battery.

I hope these basic home security tips will help you have a fun and safe holiday season. If you have a home alarm system, make sure to check that it is working correctly. If you have home surveillance cameras on the exterior or interior of your home, make sure they are functioning correctly. The end of the year is a good time to get things back in running order. Good luck and lock up.

Chris Crowe runs a website all about home security surveillance. Learn more about security surveillance cameras.
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