The holidays are a time for family and friends, for joy and generosity. It’s also a sad truth that home burglaries spike around the holiday season. Here’s how you can keep your home safe and secure over the holidays and into the New Year.
Never Use a Window for External Lights
Running wires into the home to light up all of those pretty Christmas lights creates a wedge that not only allows cold air in, it’s a weak point that could be used to force a point of entry. Opt for extension cords that run to an exterior plug or into the garage.
Keep Your Home Well-Lit
Motion-activated lighting and floodlights around the perimeter of your home take away the protection that darkness can provide to anyone illicitly forcing access. Keep exterior lights on around doorways in the evenings as well.
Double-Check Your Home’s Security
Don’t overlook the basics! Keep your doors and windows locked (and if you have sliding doors and windows, read this post to make sure they’re secure), and consider bringing in a certified locksmith to perform a home security check. AllSafe Lock & Key offers such a service – our certified technician can point out areas of weakness in your home’s security and offer recommendations for alternatives to mass-produced locks.
Finally, practice common sense. Be clear that what you share online can be used against you, so don’t post your holiday plans on social media. Avoid displaying all of your brightly-wrapped gifts in clear view of the window. Dispose of packaging wisely – otherwise, you’re advertising to anyone walking past that you have a brand new flat-screen television inside.
From all of us here at Allsafe Lock & Key, we wish you a safe, secure and wonderful holiday season!