Home Security Blog

Now that the holidays are behind you, you probably have quite a few new items in your home, some of which you’re undoubtedly excited about. But then there are those gifts given with the best of intentions that just aren’t for you. Or, you may have gifts you bought for someone else who you didn’t wind up seeing over the holidays. Either way, you have some possessions to get rid of, either by selling them, donating them or giving them to friends. But remember: theft doesn’t stop as soon as the holidays do. In fact, burglars continue to look for new, shiny objects for weeks after the holidays. Worried you might be setting yourself up for some harm? Here are a few ways to safely get rid of unwanted gifts. Don’t leave them in the living room. You may hesitate to find a proper storage space for something you know you’re just going to get rid of. But don’t leave your unwanted presents on the living room floor, right where you opened them. This puts them in plain sight for… Read more

Handing out spare keys to select individuals can be tremendously helpful in certain events. Sometimes, something needs to be done inside of your home, when you just can’t personally be there. And when this happens, you’ll be so glad that one family member or friend is able to get inside. Giving spare keys to nobody would be a mistake, but you also don’t want to become too generous. Now sure who to trust? Here are the people who should have a spare key to your home, apartment or condo, and those who shouldn’t. Should: Your neighbor whom you trust Once you’ve established a relationship with a neighbor whom you trust, give this neighbor a spare key. Just to be clear, establishing a relationship means going inside of their home, spending social time together and learning a lot about this person’s life. Establishing a relationship does not mean having a few pleasant exchanges on the street while walking your dogs. Plenty of people can pretend to be trustworthy over a few short exchanges. But once you do trust a neighbor, giving… Read more

The garage is a commonly overlooked part of the home when it comes to home security. You don’t sleep in there, or spend much time in there, so you don’t think about keeping the area free of criminals the way you do your main home. But, if you’re like most people, you likely use your garage for all sorts of things other than parking your vehicle, like storing family heirlooms, working on DIY projects, and—of course—hiding gifts until the holidays. Don’t let your garage slip under your radar, especially during the holiday season. 1. Storing presents in there If you’re trying to hide gifts from your children, the garage might seem like an obvious place—especially if you have young children who don’t yet drive, because they don’t spend any time in the garage. You may also be short on storage room in your actual home. But burglars prowl garages around the holidays, expecting you to stash your new televisions, expensive electronics and other valuables in there, before wrapping them up and giving them away. Keep these items in your home,… Read more

‘Tis the season of panicked online shopping, last minute runs to department stores, fighting with other consumers over that last toy that your child desperately wanted and - oh right! - holiday cheer. Getting everybody that perfect gift can be stressful, which can make many of us less cautious than we’d normally be when shopping, and a bit more desperate. But hackers, burglars and thieves hope the holidays have you so turned around that you don’t watch your back. It is one of the best times of the year, but it's also crucial to stay safe and follow safety protocol to make sure you don't become a victim this year. Get started with these holiday shopping safety tips. 1. Update your security software. If you plan on doing most of your holiday shopping online, update your computer’s security software before doing so. Remember that you should never verify your password or credit card information with any website unless you are the one who initiated the request. 2. Maintain usual safe parking strategies. The malls can be very busy at this… Read more

There is a lot of commotion around a house while the holiday meal is being prepared. Timers are going off, phones are ringing with holiday greetings, carolers are showing up and pots of water are boiling over. If you're the one in charge of making the big holiday meal this year, and you have children or pets in your house, it can be a lot of work to monitor the four side dishes you’re making and the rug rats in your home (human and otherwise). Don't stress! Here are 8 ways to keep your children and pets safe while you’re making the holiday meal. Don’t give them anything to climb on. Both kids and pets alike enjoy climbing on chairs, stools and stacks of boxes in the kitchen to get a better look at what’s cooking, or to steal away with a treat. Remove anything that your little ones can climb on from the kitchen. If you're the only one who can reach the sharp objects and hot surfaces, you can prevent injuries. Add knob protectors. Knob protectors are like… Read more