Holiday season has been in full swing. Half of us are happily singing holiday songs while the other half is rushing off to finish our gift shopping. Regardless of what holiday you celebrate most of us have been taking advantage of the holiday sales. How could you not? The sales amazing this time of year! What I want to bring to your attention today is if you are shopping then you are getting new shiny things. Criminals and thieves just so happen to love new shiny things. This means if you and your family want to keep your new shiny things safe you need to protect yourself from theft. Shield Fire & Security is going to give you a holiday theft protection crash course.
Here are 5 tips to prevent holiday theft:
- Breakdown Boxes
- Wait till trash day to get rid of anything
- Keep gifts away from windows
- Leave your expensive items at home while shopping.
- Install a security system
Prevent theft by….Breakdown Boxes
Let’s say your family just finished unwrapping holiday gifts. Naturally you are looking to throw away your trash in your garbage outside. The boxes however won’t fit in your garbage can so you just put them on the side. If you put your boxes outside in the open then everyone can see what you just added to your home. Boxes bring attention to what your family has inside. We recommend breaking down the boxes as much as possible. Turning the boxes inside out is also helpful or even stuffing them into black bags.
Prevent theft by….Waiting till trash day to get rid of anything
There are going to be items you cannot fit in your garbage can. Limited space is just inevitable. This is why my next tip isn’t very favorable, but hear me out….or read me out I should say…
Wait till trash day to get rid of anything. Find somewhere to put all of your goody wrappers out of sight until the garbage man comes. You want to do this so no one sees what your family just got as gifts. Thieves love to scope out their next target. They are not above looking into your trash just to see if you have anything worth taking. I know waiting to throw away your trash is super hard to do when you have so much of it, but it might save you against a burglary.
Prevent theft by…Keeping gifts away from the windows
Keep your gifts away from the windows. In some homes this is hard to do, but it’s imperative. I know for many families it is kind of the thing to have the family Christmas tree in the window. I definitely don’t blame you. I spend a lot of time on my Christmas tree and show it to anyone who comes over. Christmas trees are just peeerrrfect. If you put your Christmas tree by your window then people are intrigued see all the gifts you have under it. You don’t want people peering into your window to see how many gifts you have because that attracts unwanted visitors. Not only should you keep gifts away from the windows, but
you should keep anything of value out of site.
As I’m sure you guessed thieves look through the window to access your home. If it’s impossible to keep your valuables away from the window I would recommend thick curtains. Many people can see through blinds at certain angles so having just blinds is not ideal.
Prevent Theft by…Leaving valuables at home when shopping
This tip is a little off from the others, but it’s equally as important. Leave your valuables at home when you are shopping. Apparently during the holiday season there are thieves that target us while we are shopping! I know. I did not believe it either until it happened to me.
My husband and I were at the mall and there were a couple guys following us. My husband noticed it right away and pointed it out. We slowed down a bit to see if they would pass us. Then we heard them talking about my purse, and his watch. My husband of course was prepared for them. They were just a couple of punk teenagers, and we weren’t phased by them. However, all I could think is what if I had been by myself and they bombarded me? I would have rather just brought a cheap purse that day rather than be a target for a robbery. It is insane to me that people are that bold. The mass amount of people in the mall should be a deterrent, but of course it’s not. I suggest to keep your jewelry, purses, and watches at home.
Prevent Theft by…Installing a Security System
I know I know you just think I’m saying this because I’m with Shield Fire & Security, but seriously I’m not. Adding a security system to your home is one of the best things you can do to deter theft. Security systems are just one of those items that should just come with your house. When buying a house it should have walls, power, running water, floors, and an alarm!
Let me tell you why I love having an alarm in my house. There are several reason, but I will try to keep this short by telling you a story. One day my husband was out of town on business. I was home alone with my dogs, and all of a sudden my normally quiet dog just starts barking out of control. I quickly barricaded myself in my room and turned my alarm system on away. (For those who don’t have an alarm, arming the system Away arms all the devices including motions instead of just perimeter devices). I wasn’t sure if someone was in my home so if I armed my system away I knew one of my motions would go off, and help would soon be on its way.
When you watch a scary movie you always see that one person that goes to check out the strange noise. I’m definitely not that person. I’m always the one yelling at that person. Whether you are like me or you investigate with a gun, an alarm will confirm where someone is in your house. There is no more checking on random noises or wandering the house in your underwear. An alarm gives you peace of mind.
Shield Fire & Security
We wish you all happy holidays at Shield Fire & Security. If you have any questions or concerns give us a call at 702-570-6221 or contact us here. Stay safe everyone.