Whether you’re going out of town for the holidays, or planning a quiet Christmas at home, one thing remains the same: Home security in Bucks County never takes a vacation.
Here are a few tips to keep yourself, your loved ones and your home safe this holiday season.
- Don’t announce your travel plans
If you’re going out of town for the holidays, keep that news off your social networks.
Posting where you’re going, when you’re leaving and when you plan to return lets thieves know when your house will be empty. It doesn’t matter how strong your Facebook/Twitter privacy settings are, sharing this information is never a good idea.
- Let a neighbor know you’ll be gone
A neighbor you trust, that is. Ask them to keep an eye on your house, pick up your mail and even clear your sidewalk if it snows while you’re gone. (You may also want to leave a car in your driveway.)
Ask anyone who specializes in home security in Bucks County, and they’ll tell you that making it seem like you’re at home is a key safety measure. Just be sure to return the favor the next time your neighbor goes out of town.
- Unplug your garage door opener
Enterprising thieves may try to get into your home using a universal garage door opener remote. But you can foil their efforts by simply unplugging your garage door opener, and making sure any manual garage door locks are secure.
- Hide your gifts
And we don’t just mean “hide them from your kids.” While a pile of presents under the tree has a nice, Norman Rockwell-ish quality, it’s far too inviting for burglars. Keep your gifts away from windows and out of view until the night before they will be opened.
The same rule applies to any high-end gifts you and your family receive. Keep new tablets, smartphones, video game systems, jewelry, etc. out of view and off social media.
- Fire safety
December is the most dangerous time for electrical fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. You can prevent fires by inspecting your Christmas lights before you hang them, and checking for broken bulbs or tattered cords. Make sure you’ve turned off lights if you go out for the evening and before you go to bed. An outdoor timer can help with this.
Take further fire safety measures by having your furnace and chimney inspected and cleaned before you need to heat your home, and making sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
- Install a home security system
While it’s never a bad idea to take do-it-yourself preventative measures like the one’s we’ve described above, you may want to consult a security expert. If that’s the case, contact Holicong Security.
Our team has been providing home security in Bucks County for more than 60 years, with services that include burglar, smoke and fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and video surveillance.
Contact us today, and we’ll get to work on keeping your home safe, so you can enjoy your holiday.