Before you head out for a night on the town, make sure you take time to be a bit safe. This is the time where thieves are at an all time high, and show no mercy or compassion for your Christmas gifts and valuables. Protection 1 had a website full of great holiday safety tips. Taking a few extra moments can save you much more now than later.
Holiday Safety Tips
At Protection 1, we believe the holiday season should be one of joy. Whether you’re staying home or traveling this year, here are a few tips to help keep your family and home safe during the holiday season:
- Secure all windows, including those upstairs, and reduce the chance of easy entry by cutting tree limbs away from second-story windows;
- Have a neighbor remove all snow from walkways and driveways while you’re away. If this is not possible, have a friend put tire tracks in your driveway to make it appear that someone is there; (This is a great idea!!)
- Have a friend move your car occasionally if it is parked in the driveway;
- Make sure to keep big-ticket items, such as new LCD TVs or other large gifts away from windows;
- Keep the heat set at 55 degrees or higher to ensure your pipes don’t freeze and cause flooding;
- Do not leave public messages on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or any other social media site letting people know that you will be out of town;
- Make sure to have all mail, newspapers and deliveries stopped or picked up by a neighbor, friend or relative;
- Use timers to operate lights including holiday lights;
- If you have a real Christmas tree, make sure to dispose of it before you travel; never use indoor holiday lights while out of town;
- Take care when disposing of product packaging so that you aren’t “advertising” recent, high-dollar purchases or gifts.