“Eager thieves troll social media to see when people are going to be out of town.”
Home Security Tips for the Holidays
🎄Be discreet on social media.
🎄Use the USPS online services to secure your packages.
- Schedule a porch pick-up when you have gifts being shipped to family and friends. You can even give instructions on exactly where the package will be so it’s possible to tuck it discreetly behind a plant, etc. This will remove the risk of drive by thieves grabbing your packages out of the mailbox at the street without even stopping.
- Ship expensive items with a “signature required” at delivery point. It will only cost you a few dollars more, but could save you a lot of headaches by making sure your gift is left in the hands of the person it was intended for. USPS counts an item as “delivered” if it is left on the porch. Unfortunately, if that package is stolen, you cannot file a lost package claim because it was technically delivered. Just go with a “signature required” add-on and you won’t have to worry.
🎄Post security signs outside your home.
Keeping a flashlight in your car for emergencies seems like a no brainer. But how many of us actually have one in our car? A flashlight can be used for everything from looking under the hood to signaling for assistance to other drivers in an emergency.
If you don’t have a self-defense weapon with you, it can even be used to defend yourself if that’s all you have available at the time. And don’t forget the extra batteries! Batteries tend to deteriorate in strength and even erode over time so keeping a spare stash with your auto emergency stash is equally important as having the flashlight itself.
“A popular holiday crime scam has the burglar posing as someone looking for donations and knocking on front doors.”
🎄Be careful what your garbage advertises to a burglar.
🎄Keep gifts out of view from windows.
🎄Keep pets and children safe this holiday season.
In our previous article, Holiday Party Safety Tips. we briefly touched on some of the hazards to children and pets that come with the holidays and it’s worth mentioning again.
- Save the glass ornaments for the top half of your Christmas tree when decorating. Shiny baubles and glittering tinsel are very tempting for little ones and pose a choking hazard to children and pets.
- Tinsel can cause serious intestinal blockage in your cat or dog that can be deadly.
- Be mindful of where house guests set their plates down at holiday parties. These holiday foods are all toxic to your pets in varying degrees:
- Take care in where you place holiday plants because some of the most popular holiday foliage and flowers are toxic to pets. Holly and poinsettias are not deadly but will cause severe vomiting and require veterinary treatment. Peace Lilies are extremely toxic to cats and can cause kidney failure.
🎄Be mindful of fire hazards.
Christmas stockings hung over a beautiful crackling warm fire. A beautiful Christmas tree covered in twinkling lights and plugged into an extension cord with 2 other lighted Christmas delights.
The outside of the house dripping with more lights than the Griswold house in the movie Christmas Vacation. We love our fire hazards at Christmas!
- December is the deadliest month when it comes to electrical fires.
- Never leave an open flame unattended and always make sure that your fireplace is completely extinguished before retiring to bed.
- Have your fireplace cleaned annually by a professional to avoid a chimney fire.
- Put your Christmas candles inside glass hurricanes to keep the open flame confined.
- Always unplug your Christmas tree before you leave the house or go to bed.
While the holidays are ideally a time of peace, joy and lots of shopping- Bad Santa is shopping too. Protect your home during the holidays with these home holiday safety tips and avoid becoming a burglary statistic.
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