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5 WAYS TO STAY SAFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

I'm Erika Ward

Over a decade ago, I exchanged my corporate life in building construction for an opportunity to enhance your personal home via decoration and renovation.  My mission? To help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

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Dinner with my family is my reward from a long day’s work. It’s a protected time where we replenish our bodies, release our thoughts from the day, and receive affirmation and love from the ones who care about us most.

Last night was much different. I have to admit I wish the conversation never had to happen, but what my husband discussed with me was uncomfortable, but necessary.As he began to recount his personal stories, those from friends, and from various news outlets, my heart felt almost heavy as a ton of bricks. I lost my appetite. Sure, theft happens everyday. It feels much different when it hits close to home, or worse when it is at your own home. I don’t mean to bring such grim news during a happy season, I just want everyone to be both mindful and merry

While we trim our tree and hang our garland we should also do what we can to keep our homes and families safe and secure.The folks at Home Security ADT asked me via email to share with my readers how we play it safe during the holidays and everyday. Here’s are a few things my husband and I thought of during our dinner chat:

  1. When making expensive purchases [think big screen TVs, computers], take extra care in disposing of the box. Use a box cutter to breakdown the cardboard into small pieces, then bag them in a black trash bag. Nothing says “rob me” more than a huge box with a television pictured on the front.  
  2. If possible, back into your garage instead of pulling in forward. I personally know someone who was robbed when a thief entered their garage as they arrived home.
  3. Do not position your holiday gifts near windows or glass doors where they can be easily seen.
  4. Check the locks on every door (and accessible windows) of the house before heading to bed. Make sure your key still fits the door.
  5. Keep your porch and other dark corners of your home’s exterior well lit to discourage intruders.
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    I’m sure there is more advice that can be added to the list. I want to hear from you. Please share with us your experiences and tips for being smart about security.

    FTC Disclaimer: This post was broughtto you by homesecurityfamily.com. The thoughts and opinion are my own. My greatest wish this holiday is the preservation of your family’s safety both home and away. Be Blessed!

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    Hi, I'm Erika.
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    Over a decade ago, I exchanged my corporate life in building construction for an opportunity to enhance your personal home via decoration and renovation. My mission? To help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

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