Tis’ the season! The holidays are around the corner, don’t let them be ruined by becoming a victim of crime. Unfortunately, not everyone out there is merry and spreading holiday cheer this time of year. Crimes may be committed in higher frequency around the holidays because victims tend to be distracted by the busy season. Make sure you’re taking the right precautions to keep your home safe.
5. Beware of dog
You’re probably thinking, who’s going to be afraid of my little maltipoo who weighs no more than 20lbs? Well, it’s all about letting people think you have a big, bad wolf behind those closed doors that’s going to inflict some serious damage if any trespassers decide to pop-in. Fashion yourself a small sign to put up on your fence or side door.
4. Use an automatic timer for your lights
Install timers that automatically turn lights on and off. Not only will this save you money and energy, but if you plan to be on vacation or out for the evening they can help make your home more secure. There are several kinds of lighting timers you can purchase. Check out Home Depot for recommendations on the best solution for your home.
3. Inform your neighbors when you’ll be out of town
It’s always a good idea to have a neighbor or family member keep an eye on your house when you’re out of town. Chances are you’ll already be having someone pick up your mail and newspaper, so let them know to just keep a look out for any unusual or suspicious activity while you’re away.
2. Neighborhood Watch, don’t have one? Don’t worry, there’s an app for that
Download the popular app Nextdoor, which plays host to nearly 13,000 neighborhood networks across the United States. And fear not, each network is private to members in the area who must verify their address before they are able to join. Nextdoor helps community members get important information on what’s going on in their neighborhood faster. You can get urgent alerts, photos and texts sent through the app by participants. So, whether you’re alerting your neighbor about a break-in, searching for Milo the lost cat or just looking for someone to borrow a few eggs from for you’re already in progress holiday dinner, Nextdoor can help.
1. Set up a Cloud Camera
Whether you’re going to be spending Christmas in the Bahamas this year or just want to make sure the kids don’t touch those freshly baked pumpkin pies before dinner, having remote access to your home has never been more convenient. Use your mobile phone or tablet to check-in. With the free mydlink Lite app for your Windows 8 Phone, Apple and Android devices, you can monitor and protect what matters most. The best part? You can do it yourself. Installation is fast, easy and flexible. And not only will you get remote access, but with features like integrated night vision, sound and motion-sensing technology you’ll experience peace of mind and enjoy the holidays the way they’re meant to be. With the D-Link Pan/Tilt, Day/Night Network Cloud Camera (DCS-5020L) you can have a professional home surveillance solution without the hefty price tag.