A few years ago, a man dressed in a Frosty the Snowman costume went to a Christmas parade and assaulted two police officers and a police dog. The man was quickly arrested, but not before making a major scene, traumatizing some unfortunate families who were just trying to enjoy a Christmas parade.
The holiday season is largely a positive time in our community: families come together, gifts are exchanged, perhaps a trip out of town for you and your loved ones. Unfortunately, there will always be an element of society that either can’t handle the pressure of the holiday season, or actively chooses to exploit the trusting and giving nature of the season. Given the fact that crime rates tend to increase this time of year, it is important to stay vigilant, even as you’re enjoying time spent with friends and family.
In order to help you do exactly that, Mijac Alarm has put together a few simple tips to keep your family and your home safe over the next week.
Remember to set your alarm
Criminals know that Christmas is a time when many families are away from their homes, and they take advantage of this fact. While we always recommend arming your alarm system when you are away from home, it is even more important this time of year. This is also a great time to make sure the emergency phone numbers for your alarm system are up to date.
Don’t post that you will be away from your home on social media
We know it’s tempting to tell all your friends on Facebook about the trip you are taking with your family, but the fact of the matter is you don’t really know who will ultimately find out that you are away from home for an extended period. It’s perfectly fine to tell your close friends and family that you’ll be travelling, but we strongly recommend waiting until you return to post status updates and upload photos to a Facebook album.
Leave lights on, especially if you’ll be gone overnight or for several days
We agree that saving energy is important, both for the environment and for your wallet. However, leaving your house completely dark while you are away for one or more nights is just asking for trouble. Think about it: if you were a criminal, and you saw a street full of lit homes, and one that was completely dark, which would you try to rob?
You don’t need to leave a lot of lights on either; one or two will do the trick. If you want to save as much electricity as possible, you can purchase energy-saving bulbs and a simple timer for your outlets. If you live in an apartment or a single-story home, put the light somewhere near the front of your home, and if you live in a two-story house put at least one light by the front door and one near a street-facing window.
At Mijac Alarm, we want you to have a happy and a healthy holiday. As always, our first priority is your safety. While we don’t expect Frosty the Snowman to cause problems in the Inland Empire, it is still worth it to be smart and keep your family and home safe this holiday season.
For more information about how Mijac Alarm’s security systems can keep you and your loved ones safe, please call us during regular business hours at (909)982-7612, or visit our main website by clicking here.