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3 Home Security Risks the Holidays Bring and How to Stop Them

The holiday season is a time for joy and tidings. However, it’s important to realize that it also brings many security threats. As a mindful homeowner, it’s a good idea to read over the security risks below so you are aware of potential hazards and understand what action steps you need to take to avoid them.

Package Delivery

It’s important to be mindful of how and where you have your packages delivered. If you are not usually home during regular package delivery times, you can schedule a select delivery window from the carrier. You may also ask the carrier to hold your packages and simply pick them up at the local carrier facility during their normal operating hours. If you work for yourself or your employer doesn’t mind, you can always schedule packages to be shipped to your work. Having packages delivered to family members or a trusted neighbor who is at home during normal delivery hours is another option as well. You should look for a solution that ensures someone is always there to get the package when it’s delivered as opposed to leaving it outside of the door where burglars can easily pick it up.

Dark Nights and Travel

A great way to deter potential burglaries from your home is to give the illusion that you are at home. Many home security systems will allow you to easily turn on lights in specific rooms of your home, such as the living room, with a tap on the screen of your smartphone. This is great for those short lit winter days where you arrive home after dark. You can simply tap on your lights or have them preset to turn on when it gets dark outside so you can deter potential theft while you’re away from your home.

If you’re leaving for a long time, you can keep a porch light and an inside light on, but it’s always best if you can have someone mind your home. Whether it’s a neighbor or a relative, having someone go to collect mail, turn lights on and off, or even park in your driveway can deter would-be burglars. You might also consult a company like Johns Brothers Security to see if there are security measures you can install that will allow you to watch the property while you’re away.

Parties

The holiday season is a time for fun Christmas parties and for visiting relatives you haven’t seen in a while. If you open up your home for holiday parties and other visits, it’s a good idea to keep your valuables out of sight. While you may trust family members and close friends, it’s not unlikely for party guests to invite others who you may not know very well. You don’t want to be rushing around your home obviously stashing away valuables when the party is going on. You should take the time to put your valuables in a safe place away from where visitors will be.

The above are three of the major security risks that your home faces in the winter months. All of these risks can be easily mitigated with a few preparation steps. Remember that it’s always better to be prepared for a threat that doesn’t happen instead of being an unprepared victim of havoc.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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TOY GIVEAWAY TODAY and FRIDAY

Who -

**Parents seeking gifts for their children age infant through 17.

Dates & Times -

** Thursday, Dec. 13, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for those living within western Arapahoe or Northern Douglas counties. Areas include Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

**Friday, Dec. 14, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for anyone in Colorado

What’s Needed -

**Interested parents will complete a registration form in our office. The following documents are also needed - Parent ID, Child ID (birth certificate, Social Security Card, or school ID), and Proof of Address

What to Expect -

- We will not be able to honor requests for clothing or specific toys.
- We have very few items for teenagers.
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- Unfortunately, those seeking gifts can receive no other services that session.

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