Holidays are a time to spend with family, friends, and loved ones. If travel is a part of your holiday plans, take steps to improve home security before you head out. No one wants to come home to discover they’ve been the victim of a burglary. Reduce that risk and eliminate worry by implementing the following holiday security tips for your home.

1. Install an Alarm

Without an alarm and monitoring system in your home, you allow intruders easier access. Burglars hope for an easy getaway, and unsecured homes provide that. Reduce the risks by choosing a quality alarm and monthly monitoring service. Security systems provide peace of mind and safety both when you’re home and when you are away. Smartphone viewing is available with many newer home security systems.

2. Entrust a Neighbor or Friend to Help with Holiday Security

Try to create the illusion that someone is home, even while you are away. Leave a light on and use a timer to control the TV and lamps. Have a friend or neighbor pick up the newspapers and check the mail, or else put these services on hold until you return. Ask someone you trust to keep an eye on your home while you’re traveling for the holidays.

3. Don’t Advertise That You’ll Be Away

Wanting to share the excitement about your holiday plans is normal, but when you’ll be away from home for an extended period, keeping the details within a small group of people is best. Don’t post details and photos on social media. You provide criminals with the information they need when you announce the where and when of your holiday travel plans.

Holiday Security Tips

Use these holiday security tips this season to reduce your chance of a break-in. Don’t make it easy for burglars access to your home when arranging a bit of extra home security is so simple.

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