The holiday season is a wonderful time, but it’s also a concerning time for property theft. A higher volume of delivered packages and a stock of new, valuable items ready to be gifted can make this a vulnerable time for homeowners. Law enforcement professionals regularly recommend a monitored, smart security system as a deterrent. Here are a few tips on how you can prepare your home for the holiday season to keep your family and your belongings safe.
1. Choose the right security system for your family’s needs.
First, find a security system that will work around the clock to keep track of who’s coming and going, even during the family’s busiest times. Getting the best protection takes a bit of research and planning. Consider your family’s priorities and daily behaviors. Is your family often away from home? How does the holiday season affect your family’s routines? At what times is the home most vulnerable? If family members often forget to lock the doors, choose a security system that offers remote control of smart door locks through a home security mobile app. Unique user codes for door locks can also help monitor all the scheduled guests this year, including the in-laws.
2. Encourage your family to use technology to their advantage.
Sharing is caring, and when it comes to family safety, every family member should participate. When the kids are done playing outside, make sure they bring their toys into the house. Toys and tools left abandoned outside can suggest that a home is also abandoned. If the teens head out of the house while parents are out as well, teach them how to control the lights and thermostats on their cell phones. (A well-lit home, particularly since it’s getting darker earlier now, can put off burglars.)
Plus, while the family rests in their turkey comas, use a mobile security app to turn off the lights remotely from your side of the couch. Want to turn down the thermostat from another room when the heat from all the cooking warms up the house? An interactive security system can take care of that, too.
3. If you have more than one property, get more than one security system.
With all the hustle and bustle around the holidays, you may be wondering what’s going on at your vacation home or rental property. One security system might not be enough for a family with multiple properties. With an interactive security system, it’s easy to manage multiple accounts on one mobile security app. Check up on motion activity, forbidden area door sensors, and live or recorded video from multiple video cameras. If someone is having their own party at your rental property with guests you’re unfamiliar with, an interactive security system will give you peace of mind.
4. Set up instant notifications.
To keep a home safe and track unexpected behaviors, double-check a security event log from a computer or cell phone, especially when away from the property. Also, set up customized notifications to find out when there’s activity at home. Get alerted if a window or door is opened, find out who disarmed the security system, and watch the kids getting home from school. With a doorbell camera, you can also keep an eye out for porch pirates, which may be a problem if you’re receiving a lot of packages in preparation for the holiday season. With live streaming video, you can spot a porch pirate in real-time and two-way audio will allow you to let them know they’re being recorded. With an interactive security system, you can develop a sixth security sense.
5. Utilize home automation.
Got a lot on your mind this holiday season? You’re not alone. A lot is going on during this time! If you’re concerned about remembering to lock the doors, turn off the lights, arm the security system and adjust the thermostat, there’s a simple solution! Choose a security system that offers a home automation solution—one touch of a smartphone can do all of these things. Save time, save energy and put your mind at ease with a smarter security system.
6. Put out your security yard signs.
Your first line of defense is letting potential burglars know that you have a security system in place. Your home will not be an appealing target if you have yard signs and window stickers that brag about your top technology smart security system. So, when you’re decorating the outside of your home for the holidays, remember to include your home security system’s yard signs too!
7. Be careful on social media.
Announcing the details around your holiday plans on social media can be surprisingly dangerous. Burglars often scour the internet for information on when certain homes may be empty. Maybe wait to post about going to your parent’s house for the weekend until you’re already back home and have all the family photos to show off to friends!
Don’t let negativity affect your holiday cheer. Frontpoint remains fully committed to your health, safety, and peace of mind. We provide the best of all worlds: top technology, top protection, top customer satisfaction, and top benefits. It’s a winning combination, which is why Frontpoint is the leader in wireless home security with systems that include the most reliable wireless alarm equipment and advanced interactive features. Choose Frontpoint and see why we lead the way with our world-class service and support. Enjoy your holiday, safe travels – and be safe.