Thursday will officially start the holiday season for those of use celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s also the eve of the biggest shopping day of the year too. And guess what? There just may be someone watching you haul all those goodies in.
You’ve probably made your lists (plural) for all the stores you’ll stop by along with all the things you’ll
knock people over to get your hands on. However, I have one tip for your first, “TURN YOUR HOME ALARM SYSTEMS ON!”
Many of you are saying, “I already know that, that’s what I have it for!” But how many times have you gotten comfortable in your nice comfy subdivision and ran to the store without setting your home alarm systems because, “I’ll be right back!” Yes you’ve done and I have to.
Although the holiday season is a time to give, many thieves and burglars reserve it as the time for taking. They have their sights set on your goodies. That is why it is important to precautions when shopping, unloading packages and discarding empty containers.
Here are just a few of the ways I “try” to keep thieves away:
Set your home alarm systems – It is so easy to get in a rush and think you do not have time to set your alarm. But guess what? The burglars aren’t to busy to see if they can catch you slipping. This year alone, two of my close friends have had break ins in the daytime hours and both of them had alarms. However, my first girlfriend had her door kicked in and they grabbed as much as they could before the alarm went off, you know during the beep beep beep stage. Then my other girlfriend had a home alarm but they cut her telephone wire so they had no worries and plenty time to get what they wanted.
Unload during non-peak hours: For those of us who don’t have garages, it is good to take packages in during night hours or early morning. Please know that it’s usually someone in your community who scopes your house out. But it could be that person in the car driving by at noon as you unload and decide they’ll comeback later to get that pretty comforter you just unloaded out the trunk. Who knew?
Break boxes down & put out on garbage days: I know that you’re eager to discard those boxes and get them out your house. Go ahead and just put them on the curb for the garbage truck and let everyone know that you just got a 64″ HDTV. Yep, just tell the world while the box sits on the curb in front of your home for 7 days and 7 nights before the garbage man comes. However, it’s safer to break those boxes down real good and put in the garbage or just put them out the morning that the trash department runs.
I’m not sure about you all but I wasn’t brought up in the best neighborhoods and we didn’t have a home alarm system early on. I even remember when I was about four or five, my mom was in the backyard with me. I was swinging and she was pushing me. Well, guess what? Someone came in our house while we were in the backyard and ripped us off. We left the front door open because that just what we did. Yep, they got us that quick. They only took jewelry and I think they took my mom’s purse but still.
Time are harder these days, crime is on the rise everywhere so be care and safeguard your home and family. Invest in a home alarm system. I suggest you look into getting a wireless monitoring system if someone cuts the telephone wire, that way the police will still be notified. Be happy and safe this Thanksgiving!
How do you safe guard your home during the holidays?
This post is a partnership with ADS Security but all opinions are my own.