It’s hard to believe, but unfortunately, break-ins and package theft are on the rise during this time of year. The most effective preventative measure in avoiding burglary is a security system, which can reduce the risk of break-in by up to 90%.
We have compiled a list of tips for those who may be travelling, or away from home over the winter:
Do not put your travel plans on social media, as you may be tipping off thieves
Ask a trusted friend or family member to watch your house while you are away
Leave a light on if you are away, as empty houses are perceived as easy targets (Check out Liberty’s Smart Home products to control your lights from wherever you are)
If external holiday lights are run through a window or door, this crack can be seen as a point of entry for a would-be burglar
Request a signature for your deliveries, so packages cannot be left on your doorstep. Alternatively, schedule deliveries for a time you will be home, or pick packages up from a local drop-off point
Liberty offers 24/7 monitoring of your home, and in the case of a break-in or emergency, will alert the authorities. Want to find out even more ways Liberty can keep your home safe over the holidays? Call 1-866-926-7233 or visit Liberty Security for your free quote today.
Here is an additional list of household tips to increase awareness of potential hazards over the holidays:
Keep sidewalks and steps shovelled and de-iced to prevent slips and falls
Ensure lights strung outdoors are lights meant for outdoor use, additionally, follow the label for the number of light sets that can be connected end-to-end
Any lights that have cracked bulbs, frayed cords, or loose connections should be thrown out
Turn off all lights when you go to bed
Christmas trees should be kept away from heat sources, and should not block doorways.
Ensure that live trees are well watered throughout the holiday season. If a tree has dried out, it poses a greater fire hazard.
Having a working fire extinguisher in the case of a fire as the risk is increased at this time of year is helpful
Keep ladder safety in mind when putting up lights outdoors, or hanging ornaments
Any candles should be placed on a stable surface, away from curtains and other flammable items, and out of the reach of pets and children. Do not leave any candles lit in rooms you are not in.
Ensure that heating appliances are plugged directly into an outlet rather than using an extension cord, and that the wires are not frayed.
Do not overload outlets; only use one extension cord, and do not connect extension cords
Holiday plants like poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe can be toxic for pets
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