4 Ways to Keep Your Home Secure These Holidays

12857f36-f112-46e4-9f5b-1b530403f38eThe holidays are here, and for many people, it is a time to spend the season relaxing, taking a break from work, and spending time family and friends. Unfortunately, it’s also a time that many criminals look forward to. Home entry crime rates rise significantly over the holiday period, with criminals taking advantage of the increased number of empty dwellings and the abundance of brand new and often expensive gifts that are available to steal.

Whether you’re staying home or going to visit loved ones these holidays, you are probably concerned about your home’s security during this high-risk time. Here are three ways you can ensure that your family, home, and possessions are safe through the season.

1. Install a Security System With Break-In Alarms

Nothing makes a home a less tempting target for thieves than a comprehensive security system. Security companies can devise a tailor-made system which identifies and protects your home’s most vulnerable entry points. Working with a specialist security system provider ensures that your security needs are fully met and nothing will be overlooked that might compromise the effectiveness of your system.

These security systems are monitored around the clock, so you will have the peace of mind that your home is being looked after—even if you’re on the other side of the country. Modern technology also allows you to access your security system and surveillance camera footage from any electronic device and any location.

2. Install Sensor Lights

Sensor lights are easy to install and are a highly effective deterrent to uninvited guests. The motion-activated sensor light will startle the intruder while also making them visible to neighbors and people passing by.  Robbing the would-be robber of the benefit of darkness is often enough to make him or her think twice about entering your home.

Sensor lights work most effectively when used at multiple points around the home, covering both front and rear doors as well as ground level windows. A smart and economical way to add sensor lights is to have them integrated into your home security system when you have it installed.

3. Ensure Your Doors Are Secure

The front door is the entry point used in around 34% of burglaries in the US. Creating an effective barrier is essential, and the more secure your doors are, the better.  Start with a door that has a solid core with both a lockable doorknob and a deadbolt. Avoid glass panels either within the door or on either side of the door, unless the glass is made with toughened or reinforced security glass. 

A top-quality screen door, made from sturdy metal and tough wire mesh, is another layer of security for your doors. Screens are also very noisy to break through, which makes them a highly unappealing option for burglars attempting to enter your home.

4. Don’t Forget to Utilize Your Security Features

You could have the most expensive, high-tech security system and the most impenetrable doors in the world, but unless you’ve remembered to switch on your alarms and lock your doors, these safety features are pointless. Your security features should also be regularly checked and serviced to ensure they work properly when you’re at home and when you’re away.

Burglars commonly rob homes even when the occupants are present. Accidently surprising a burglar mid-robbery can be terrifying, and it may result in yourself or a family member being harmed. A well-maintained security system can keep you and your loved ones safer.

The holidays should be a time of joy, not a time to feel threatened or violated due to your home being broken into. These security tips will help to ensure that your home, family, and possessions are well protected this season.

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