It’s almost time for the festive season of the year to begin again. Plenty of families are already starting to purchase decorations and send invitations out for parties, but there are also families that would prefer to spend a warmer Christmas somewhere else. Perhaps it’s a family tradition of yours to go to a much warmer place for the holiday season, or maybe you want to visit relatives and friends elsewhere and have decided to leave your home alone for a couple of days. Whatever the case is, it’s becoming fairly normal to go away for the holiday season and leave your home behind.
Unfortunately, this can invite some unwanted guests such as burglars or pests that might invade and damage your home. In the case of thieves, they could make off with plenty of expensive goods, something that you certainly don’t want to come home to after the festive season ends. So in this article, we’re going to take a look at a couple of ways that you can keep your home safe when you’re away for the holiday season.
- Ensure your security system is up to date
Security systems have become incredibly advanced over the past couple of years thanks to smart technology advances. This allows us to control our security systems and even view camera feeds no matter where we are. This can then lead to calling the authorities if we’re alerted by our home sensors that there’s an intruder in our homes. In some cases, home security systems can even call the authorities on its own to help defend your home. So if you’re planning to leave your home for a few days, make sure your home security is up to date.
- Let the neighbors know
Unless you’re on bad terms with your neighbors, it's important to let them know that you’re going to be stepping out for an extended period of time. If you trust them enough, you could also give them a spare house key so that they can help keep your home maintained.
- Install deterrents around your home
Whether it’s motion-sensing lights, additional security cameras or even a fence, it’s important to keep thieves away by using visual deterrents that will make them think twice about trying to break in. Some people even purchase additional fake cameras and alarms to add more deterrents to their home.
- Make your house look occupied
If you’re using smart lights in your home that can be controlled over the internet then you can occasionally turn on the lights in your home or even set them to switch on at certain times of the day. This will make it seem like someone is at home and greatly reduces the chances that someone will attempt to break in. You can also make sure that you mow the lawn and leave your curtains open to add to the illusion that you’re at home.
We hope that this list of tips has been helpful. Nobody wants to feel like their home is going to be broken into the moment they arrive at a relative’s place halfway across the state, and leaving your home to fend for itself during the Christmas holiday can be difficult. Thankfully, with the right security measures and practices, you’ll have no trouble keeping intruders away.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.