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Last week, we discussed ways to keep your home and packages safe during the busy holiday season. This week, we’ve provided the following tips/reminders for best home security practices if you’re away on a holiday vacation or visiting your family and friends

Hold Your Mail and Newspaper:

You can request to have your mail held at the post office for up to 30 days. This is a free feature that can be done online so your mail isn’t overflowing and falling out of your mailbox. Furthermore, a pile of yellowing newspapers is a sure sign that no one is home. Hold all newspapers if you plan to be gone for a long period of time.

Hire a pet sitter:

Consider hiring someone to come to your house rather than boarding your animals so there is some traffic coming through your house. You can even hire services to turn lights on and take in your mail, on top of just feeding your pets.

Lock all your windows and doors:

This may seem obvious, but if you are used to your garage door entry being open, this can be easy to forget. Walk through your house prior to leaving and make sure all of your doors and windows are locked shut. You may also want to consider purchasing interior light timers for your home to make it appear lived in.

Safe Keep Your Valuables:

Purchase a fireproof safe and store jewelry, wills, and other sensitive documents.

Unplug Electronics:

Unplug electronics (i.e. coffee pots, toasters, wax burners) to save money on your electricity bill and so you don’t forget to turn them off. If you leave your car in long-term parking at the airport, be sure to take your GPS system off your dashboard. This is an easy way for thieves to know where your house is located and that you’ll be gone for a long period of time.

Keep an eye on your home (literally):

Invest in outdoor smart home security. Front porch light cameras like the MAXIMUS Smart Security Light are easy-to-install and allow you to sound an alarm, and see and speak to people at your front door.