How to Keep Your Home Safe this Holiday Season

a nicely decorated exterior of a home for Christmas time

The holidays are a time for twinkling lights, family gatherings, and mountains of delicious food. But amidst the festive cheer, a nagging worry can creep in with the increased risk of break-ins and package theft during the busiest season of the year.

By taking a few proactive steps, you can transform your home into a fortress of festive cheer, safe from unwanted visitors and missing packages. Here’s your guide to a secure (and stress-free) holiday season:

Light Up, Don’t Leave Out

  • Embrace the Timer Magic: Create an illusion of occupancy with light timers. Program indoor and outdoor lights to turn on and off at varying times, mimicking your normal routine even when you’re away. Bonus points for smart lights that you can control remotely!

  • Deck the Halls (Strategically): Stringing up those festive lights? Don’t just focus on the front door. Illuminate side entrances, backyards, and any potential hiding spots to deter lurking eyes.

Package Protection Power Play

  • Befriend Your Neighbors: Let them know your holiday delivery schedule and ask them to keep an eye out for packages. Offer to return the favor – it’s a win-win for a safer street!

  • Invest in a Secure Haven: Consider installing a lockable mailbox or package delivery box. This keeps your goodies safe from porch pirates, even if you’re not home.

  • Get Techy with Delivery Alerts: Sign up for delivery notifications and track your packages like a hawk. This way, you can intercept them before they become tempting targets.

Keep the Valuables Out of Sight and Out of Mind

  • Resist the Display Craze: Don’t leave expensive gifts under the tree visible from windows. Pack them away until Christmas morning, or store them in a secure location like a locked closet.

  • Social Media Savvy: Avoid posting pictures of your beautifully decorated home and piles of presents while you’re away. Wait until you’re back to share the festive glory.

  • Lock Up Like Santa: Double-check that all doors and windows are locked, even if you’re just running out for a quick errand. This simple step can deter opportunistic thieves.

Consider investing in ProTec’s professionally monitored security system with features like remote monitoring, motion sensors, and even doorbell cameras. These extra layers of protection can provide invaluable security during the holidays and beyond.

Remember, the holidays are about joy, connection, and creating lasting memories. By taking these simple precautions, you can ensure your home – and your holiday cheer – remain safe and sound. Contact us to learn more about our several home security products and services.