On CBS’s The Early Show, I discussed a few quick tips that any homeowner can implement to protect their home and property during the holiday season. With busy schedules and hectic planning, protecting your home and loved ones from outside intruders is probably furthest from your mind.
By following these easy steps, you can keep your home safe during the holidays while still enjoying all the merriment with peace of mind.
Lock up. Believe it or not, the number one spot intruders break into a home is through the front door! A deadbolt is the most secure way a homeowner can prevent a break-in. Deadbolts are secure, hard to manipulate from the outside and often serve as a double precaution when securing your home.
You’ve got mail. Piled up mail and packages could signal to potential thieves that you’re not at home or on vacation, as well as leaving personal information open for identity theft. Make sure to initiate a mail hold or have a trusted friend pick up your mail while you are away.
Camera Ready. Not all security cameras cost a fortune. A simple do-it-yourself video security system helps protect your home and is simpler than you might expect. Logitech’s easy-to-use digital video security systems can be installed in less than 15 minutes and costs about $300.
Bright Ideas. Keeping lights on in your home while you’re away creates the illusion of an occupied house. Homeowners might want to consider adding a motion-sensored light that detects any sudden movement. Indoor and outdoor light timers can easily be hooked directly into lamps and sockets and can cost less than $10.
Call the Police. Be sure to notify your local police department and any nearby neighbors so they can keep a close eye on your home and property. Remember to keep a list handy in your home of all important numbers you will need in case of an emergency.