Integrated Family Community Services 3370 South Irving Street, Englewood, CO 80110-1816 Ph: 303-789-0501

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.


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.
Tim Esterdahl

Find Us on Social Media

Food Insecurity - The USDA defines it as a state in which “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources… A household is food insecure if, in the previous year, they experienced limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.”

According to Feeding America, food insecurity is a problem. Almost 28,000 Douglas and 75,000 Arapahoe County residents (1 in 7 Coloradans) face this issue.

Learn how you can make a difference -
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Happy Prime Day! We need your help when you make a purchase today. Through the Amazon Smile program, .5% of your purchase can go to aid Integrated Family Community Services with their year-round mission. If you have not already linked your Amazon account to benefit IFCS, click on the link below. This is a free way to help us out. It costs you nothing and no charge is added to your account, but you need to use the linked account to assist us financially. Your purchase can benefit many in the community - you can make a "Prime" difference and generate smiles. #onecanfeed
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

We are getting excited to start receiving backpacks and back-to- school supplies this week. We have 319 students being sponsored and are collecting extra supplies to provide for over 300 more children in our community. Let us know if you would like to donate to support this program - contact Sarah Rutledge at or (303)789-0501. Donations are due by August 2. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

IFCS On Twitter

#OneCanFeed…Seniors! 1 in 7 Colorado seniors struggle with hunger (deciding between Food and Medicine). One Can Make a difference – learn more at

#OneCanFeed…Families! Nearly 1 in 7 Coloradans struggle with hunger, facing times when there is not enough money to buy food. One Can Make a difference – learn more at

We are pleased to announce the launch of One Can Feed! This is a fundraiser for IFCS to help collect financial and food resources to help others in need. Check out today to see how you can make a difference! #onecanfeed #dogood #charity #colorado

Load More...

Key Sponsors

Our Affliations




Sign Up for our eNewsletter

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust

USDA Non-Discrimination Policy

IFCS follows the USDA non-discrimination policy. Learn more by clicking here to read the statement. (PDF)