According to an Alarm.com study, over two-thirds of homeowners believe their home is more likely to be targeted by criminals during the holidays.
This belief doesn’t just come from watching Home Alone too many times. The holidays are a busy, and often stressful, time of year. This means mistakes are more likely to be made, and burglars are aware of this. Every year, packages are left on doorsteps, windows are left open, doors unlocked and it’s all due to basic human error.
The good news is, protecting your home has never been easier. Here are our five quick security tips for the 2020 holiday season:
If you’re aware that your neighbor goes away during the holidays, you’ll know to be on high alert if you see the lights come on in their home. The same goes both ways – if you’re comfortable and familiar with your neighbor, make sure they also know your movements so that they can be on the lookout for any unusual activity in your home. Another great way your neighbor (or a trusted friend/family member) can help, is by picking up your mail and newspapers. If a burglar notices your newspaper hasn’t been collected for multiple days, they’re going to put two and two together.
If you’re expecting deliveries through the season, there’s always a chance you won’t be home when one arrives. This makes you a prime target for would-be burglars. Get the better of potential thieves by investing in a smart lock and camera doorbell. With smart-phone access, you can keep an eye on who is delivering your parcel, allow them access and keep an eye on the activity from wherever you are.
The second side to packages and gifts is to be mindful of where you place them within your home. If you have large piles of presents in full view of the window, your home may feel too good to resist the chance of a break-in.
Advancements in technology have made securing your home easier than ever. With a smart security system, your entire home can be automated with timers and alarms, all from your smartphone.
Don’t let the worry of your empty home ruin your holiday road trip. Invest in a smart security system that allows you to view and manage your security system, as well as notifying you of any activity, wherever you are.
The most likely cause of a break-in is a window being left open, or a door left unlocked. With all of the rushing around that comes with the holiday season, mistakes happen – but they don’t have to. Taking extra care to check your home has no easy access points for burglaries will minimize those mistakes, but not eliminate them. The number one way to secure potential entrances and exits is by installing a smart security system with automated actions for windows and doors – whether that’s closing them, locking them, or being alerted when their security is breached.
Did you know that of the 83% of burglars who said they’d check for alarm systems on targeted properties, 60% said they’d move on if they spotted one? By simply having a security system installed, you’re improving your home’s security by 60%. The number one deterrent is a security camera, a professional security provider like SNAP Integrations will always consult you as to the best positions for cameras to be placed, and what extra features would optimize your home’s security.
Don’t let the worries of your home security ruin the holiday season. If you’re unsure about what works best for yourself and your home, get in touch with SNAP Integrations – professional, expert security system installers who will guide you through your choices and find what’s right for you.