Holiday Safety Tips
Families everywhere are gearing up for their annual traditions of holiday parties, get-togethers, and of course, traveling to all of these affairs during the holiday season. Have you thought about how you can keep you, your home, and your family safe while you are traveling or away this season? We've got five tips below to help keep you prepared while spending time with your loved ones.
1. Secure someone to watch your property while you're away.
You've locked your doors and windows, secured any back entrances to your home or property, and asked a neighbor to keep an eye on things for you while you're away. But is that enough? While you're spending time with family and away from your home, it's safe to assume that others in your neighborhood are, too, even if they aren't leaving town. Hiring a professional security service ensures the person you have entrusted to watch your home while you are away does their job thoroughly. Additionally, a security professional will know where to patrol, and what to look for when checking for signs of entry or tampering to your property.
Security Pro 24/7 offers patrol services for commercial and residential sites. We offer trained, reliable officers, who will inspect your property thoroughly each and every visit.
Are you a property manager, operations manager, or site manager looking to keep your residences, business, or work sites safe this holiday season? We can help! To learn more about patrol services from Security Pro 24/7, click here.
2. Install timed lighting to keep your property visible.
Not only does timed lighting give you the convenience of not having to monitor when your lights are on or off, but you also get peace of mind knowing that your lights will come on automatically whether you are in your home or away for holiday travel. Why is it important to keep lights on around your home while you are away? Thieves who might be considering your neighborhood as a potential site for stealing will stay away from houses that are well lit, because these houses offer less opportunities for cover and protection from potential onlookers or patrol officers.
There are many ways that utilizing technology, like timed lighting, can enhance the level of security you have on your property. To learn more about the security technology used by Security Pro 24/7, and how that puts us above the competition, click here.
3. Keep a low profile on social media while you're gone.
While it may be tempting to show the world that great family photo, action shot of the after-Thanksgiving dinner football game, or that delicious-looking pumpkin pie made by grandma, but don't. Letting people know you will be away from your home for any period of time leaves you vulnerable to attempts of entry, burglary, or destruction of your property. Statistics from one study suggests that as many as 78% of burglars use social media to choose where they are going to break in next. Avoid "checking in" at locations, and saving posts about your holiday vacation until after you have returned home is the best way to safely share photos and updates from your trip. If you still feel the need to post; post with peace of mind by ensuring your property or residence is well secured while you're away, by choosing a security service you can trust. To learn more about how Security Pro 24/7 can patrol your property while you're away (leaving you free to go ahead and post that fancy drink or scenic view), click here.
4. Lock up your valuables in a safe.
It's one of the most basic rules of security, and we know that you've heard it before: keeping valuables locked in a home safe; especially a fireproof home safe, can help ensure your important documents or family heirlooms are never lost. These can be purchased from your local hardware store as low as $50.
Did you know keeping items in a home safe can reduce your home insurance rate? It's true, as this lowers your chances of needing to replace materials in the home. Knowing your belongings are safe provides a peace of mind while you're away for an afternoon, a week, or more.
5. Don't leave a hide-a-key outside and keep the bushes by your windows trimmed!
Never leave a hide-a-key anywhere around your property. This is the number one item burglars look for when staking out a property. Instead, we encourage you to leave a spare key with a neighbor or friend. We recommend this as best practice for everyday life: whether you are away for days or weeks at a time, or just for a few short hours.
It happens to everyone, we can't always keep up with our yard work and those bushes by your bedroom window provide a privacy and a shady area. However, this is the best place for burglars to hide while breaking into your property. Keeping your bushes and trees trimmed underneath windows and away from doors helps in detouring burglars in choosing your home to break into it. Are you unable to trim the bushes before you leave, or is this property owned by someone else and you cannot alter the landscape? Best choice is look into a local security company that can assist in securing your property or residence.
Traveling for the holidays can be a stressful and exciting time, but no matter where you are going, Security Pro 24/7 can help by protecting your residence, business, or building site while you are away.
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Not going away for the holidays? Security Pro 24/7 also offers services in event security (so you don't have another one of THOSE moments again...) at your office holiday party or event. To learn more about our event security services, click here.