The holidays are a fantastic time to enjoy having fun with your friends and family, shopping for gifts, and eating delicious, hot, cozy, food. It’s also associated with tightening up your residential and commercial security, as the amount of heavy travel associated with the holiday – as well as the increased volume of spending – provides opportunities for burglars to find victims. Here’s a guide to ensuring your security during this Holiday Season, as prepared by the residential security experts here at Eagle’s Locksmith.
Residential Holiday Security Checkup
At the start of the holiday season, start examining your own residential security practices and infrastructure. You want to make sure that you’re doing all that you can to ensure that your home, property, and family are protected. If you have CCTV security cameras in place, now is the best time to check on them to make sure that they are working properly. This is a question of whether they have been correctly installed in the first place, that all their connections are plugged in and functioning, and whether they are still facing the areas that you originally intended for them to record. Clean off any dirt or dust that might be covering up their lenses. Check all of your door locks to ensure that they are still properly functioning – and check your windows too!
Holiday Travel Security
Make sure that you lock all of your doors and windows before leaving on any holiday trips. It’s pretty shocking how many burglaries occur due to windows left unlocked – so make sure not to ignore these vital details. And yes, this applies to windows on upper floors as well. Make sure to tell a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member who lives nearby that you’re going to be away from home for a while. Ask them to monitor your home time to time during the duration of your trip. You could even ask them to park their car in your driveway to make it appear like someone is inhabiting your home while you are away. Additionally, avoid notifying people about your vacation on social media through text or photos – and if you must, utilize the security settings of your chosen social media to ensure that only trusted friends have access to this content. Otherwise, only share your vacation posts when you get back from your trip.
Holiday Shopping Security
Try paying in cash as much as possible during this holiday season. We recommend budgeting yourself for all purchases you’d like to make, and then removing that amount of cash from your bank account. This prevents the risk of you accidentally spending more money than you intend to, while also preventing the chance of your credit card information being stolen and utilized for cyber crime. The last few years have demonstrated an increase in credit card information theft around the holiday seasons when many people are distracted while using their credit cards during shopping trip. By making it a rule of thumb to only pay cash, you are reducing the chances that your information will be stolen. If you’re doing online holiday shopping, ensure that all the websites that you’re using are fully secure and legitimate. This involves verifying that the website is SSL encrypted, that your computer’s cookies and cache are cleared on the regular, and that you have functioning anti-virus software installed on your computer.