The holidays are, unfortunately, a time of heightened criminal activity. As shoppers everywhere hectically run around purchasing gifts and stockpiling them in cars and houses, burglars are often not far behind, ready to play the role of the Grinch and steal our gifts and our holiday spirit! So in order to make sure your holidays stay safe, here are a few ways you can keep criminals’ grinchy fingers away from your home and gifts this holiday season:
Avoid broadcasting your holiday travel plans on social media. The Internet has changed how we live in more ways than one. These days, few of us can resist the urge to post constant status updates and photos of our busy lives. Problem is, burglars are more social media savvy nowadays, too, and they are just as likely as your friends and followers to learn that you’re vacationing in Aruba for the week. Resist the urge to advertise your presence abroad—and your schedule—until after you return home.
Put your holiday lights on an automatic timer. And take steps to randomize interior lights, as well, if possible. For example, a living room lamp could be set to come on every other day while your dining room lights operate on a separate schedule.
Have your television or stereo on a timer, with the sound turned up. The extra noise will make the house seem occupied. Anything that suggests someone is home can serve as a deterrent to criminals.
Get a smart surveillance system. A new surveillance system from Q-See can protect your home in a variety of ways. Just the sight of cameras alone can turn criminals away. And with remote monitoring you’ll be able to view your home from anywhere and in real-time using Q-See’s free app. Your system can even alert you when cameras detect any motion in or outside your home! So whether you’re down the street or sunning on a beach in the Caribbean, you’ll be able to see what’s happening and notify authorities if suspicious activity occurs on your property. You’ll also have a record of the perpetrators to help facilitate prosecution should it come to that.
Stop mail/newspaper deliveries if you’ll be gone for a week or more. Or ask a neighbor or family member to pick up your deliveries regularly while you’re gone. Neglected newspapers are an obvious sign that no one is home. Likewise, packages piling up on your doorstep will signal your absence and can easily be stolen.
Do not leave any gifts or other valuables visible from the street. Hide high-value items away from prying eyes.
Turn down your phone ringer so burglars can’t hear it from outside. An unanswered phone is a signal you aren’t home and is practically an open invitation to any lurking criminals.
And finally, the most important bit of advice is: Don’t forget to lock all doors and windows!
Remember, stay safe, and from all of us at Q-See, Happy Holidays!