During the holidays, we don’t often want to think about anything ‘bad’ happening. But, it’s so easy to get caught up in fun festivities, that we ignore the safety and security of our Orlando homes, businesses, etc. Thankfully, there are a few useful things you can do to keep your home as secure as possible this holiday season.
When you put these tips into practice, you can sit back, and enjoy the merriment with friends and family, without worrying about amateur burglars, or professional break-ins!
Be Careful With Packages
Now more than ever, people are ordering Christmas presents online, and having them shipped to their home. There are two concerns that come with this type of thing, when it comes to your overall security.
First of all, when a delivery driver leaves a package outside your home (on the front porch, etc.), it’s a prime target for a quick robbery. Burglars don’t even necessarily care what’s in the package as they pick it up. If it’s something they can use or sell later, they’ll be happy.
To lessen the risk of your packages being left out, try to schedule deliveries during times you’ll be home. If that’s not possible, make a special request for drivers to drop off packages at the back of your home.
Even if you’ve had no problems with your packages, be careful when throwing them away or recycling them. If you ordered a television, for example, don’t leave the box displaying what it is out in the open for everyone in the neighborhood to see. If a criminal walks by and knows you have a fancy TV in your home, they could plan a break-in.
Be ‘Present’ at Home
It’s not uncommon to travel throughout the holiday season. If you do, however, make sure not many people know you’re gone! Keep lights on, even on a timer at night, and be careful what you post on social media. If someone knows you’re out of town, it makes it that much easier for them to break in. Make sure your security system is updated and set each time you leave home.
Be ‘Present’ With Your Presents
It’s a beautiful sight to see a Christmas tree from a window. However, keep your gifts/presents hidden from plain view from the outside. This is just as tempting as a fancy, empty box. A pile of presents is a prime target for a break in.
With these simple holiday tips in mind, you can keep your home and your family safe from harm, and safe from tragedy. Enjoy your holiday season, and make sure you’re taking the proper steps to make it a secure one!