The full swing into the Christmas season. Everyone is shopping for the perfect gifts and a lot of us are mailing those gifts to family and friends. It's also the season for some people to take advantage of all the gift giving and steal them from right under our noses. I found some great tips to make sure your house and packages will be safe from thieves. 

According to the website ooma.com a home security company there are 7 things to remember:

1. Keep Your Eye on the Front Door

Electronically that is. Did know that 34% of break-ins occur at the front door? You can get a doorbell that will act as a two way speaker with an app for your phone.  So when someone rings the doorbell your phone will alert you. You can talk with the person as if you were just on the other side of the door. A video camera can be installed to so you will always know who is at the door.

2. Re-Route Your Mail and Packages
Nothing says "No one is home" more than a pile of mail and packages on your doorstep. Have the post office hold your mail or have it delivered to your place of work. Better yet just have a neighbor pick up your mail daily. They can also check around to make sure all looks well with windows and doors.

3. Make Sure All Windows are Really Locked
The front door may be the first place a thief will look but the windows are tempting too. 23% of break-ins occur through first-floor windows. Make sure you not only close windows but lock them as well.

4. Hide The Gifts and Close the Blinds
Simple. If a burglar can't see in your house then they won't know you have a brand new 52-inch t.v. in the living room or not. They just might not want to take a chance of wasting their time at your house.

 

5. Re-enforce Those Sliding Glass Doors it's true that if someone wants to break into your house they will find a way. But you don't have to make it easy for them. Sliding doors are another easy way to enter your home. Think about using physical barrier bars in the tracks. Motion detectors in that room will help too.

6. Keep Some Lights on  Using timers on a few lights will make it look like someone is home. You can also check into smart lights, where you can control the lights from your phone and change up the lights that are on or off anytime.