THINK SMART THESE HOLIDAYS
If you are going away this Christmas, consider asking a trusted friend or relative to housesit for you. Other home security options to consider are: Ensure all windows and doors are locked in your home, garage and shed. Cancel deliveries. Have your mail collected by a friend or neighbour or have it held or redirected by the post office. Arrange for someone to remove junk mail, mow your lawn and water plants. Have neighbours, friends and relatives park their vehicle in your driveway to make it look like someone is home. Don’t leave messages on your answering machine or door advising people you are away. Turn down the ringer on your phone so that it can’t be heard ringing if unanswered. Consider diverting your phone to a friend or relative. Inform the local police of your absence. This will enable police to contact you should you have an incident at your home. Consider using automatic timers on a light, TV or radio to switch on at night. Make your home look lived in. Disconnect the power source to your garage. Hide valuables from plain view. Obtain serial numbers and descriptions/photographs of valuables in your home and store those details in a safe and secure place.