Protect Your Home this Holiday Season

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‘Tis the season for family, friends and good food. This time of year is about celebrating and reuniting with the ones you love. It’s too bad burglars don’t always get the memo.

With many people are travelling, visiting their families and leaving their homes unattended, it’s a bit of a burglar’s paradise.

And don’t forget that the colder weather takes a heavy toll on a home, making environmental damages a real concern – especially if you’re not aware that they’re happening.

8 Home Safety Tips for the Holidays

How can you keep your home safe from both burglars and the environment? Here are a few minor changes that can have a big impact.

Close curtains and blinds

It’s nice to display your holiday tree in a front window for others to see, but avoid putting presents in plain view. While they might be wrapped, large gifts or a big stash are attractive prizes for a burglar canvassing the neighborhood. Simply closing your curtains and blinds can go a long way.

Lock doors and windows

Did you know that doors are the most common point of entry for a burglar? According to the 2014 FBI Uniform Crime Report, as many as 35 percent of burglaries occur through unlocked doors and windows.

Before heading out (or heading to bed), double-check that you’ve locked the doors and windows around your home. And do not neglect upstairs, as intruders can use ladders and trees to access your home.

Be clever when hiding spare keys

If you keep an extra key hidden outside your home for those desperate situations, know that it comes with a risk. Under the doormat, in a planter or on a light are obvious hiding places. If you must leave a key outside your home, be creative with the location. Or better yet, leave it with a trusted neighbor.

Which takes us to…

Know your neighbor

Relationships with your neighbors can vary from home to home, but if you trust them, it can be extremely beneficial for both parties. If you’re going away for the holidays, let your most-trusted neighbor know, or ask a friend who lives nearby to keep an eye on your home. Whoever you choose, advise them to pick up any deliveries or make footprints in the snow so your home doesn’t appear vacant.

Avoid revealing your location on social media

Thanks to a very clever insurance company, this tip is pretty well known. You put yourself at risk if you post your location on social media – whether you’re leaving for 10 minutes or 10 days.

Try light control solutions or timers

Even if you’re not home, it’s very easy to control your lights remotely. There are many devices that allow you to automate lighting in your home, for safety and to conserve energy. Home security systems also have home automation features with the same capabilities.

Check environmental sensors

The colder season brings a number of environmental hazards, but environmental sensors can alleviate these concerns. Smoke, heat and potential floods can all be detected. Whatever sensors you do have, now is a good time to replace the batteries.

Arm your security system

Many burglaries are successful because the homeowners didn’t arm their security system. Even the best system is useless if you don’t use it. If you frequently forget, think about downloading the Frontpoint Mobile App. Or, purchase a keychain remote for easy, one-button arming and disarming.

Peace of Mind all Year Long

Follow these steps and have a safe and secure holiday season. Peace of mind comes easy when you know you’ve taken the necessary precautions for your family and home’s security.

If you have any other suggestions on how to keep your home safe during the holidays, let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Doug

    I am very happy with the system. Had one instance where a glass break sensor fell off ceiling and caused an alarm when we were on vacation. Frontpoint was unable to reach us on vacation in middle of the night until after enough time had passed that they went ahead and alerted police who came out and checked for a breakin. System worked, I just needed to secure the sensor better. One question though, last time we had a power outage the system didn’t alert us. Is there something I need to check on settings to make sure it does?

    • Valerie Saponara

      Doug, yes you can go onto your myfrontpoint.com account and go into “notifications” to set this up! If you can’t find where this is please just let me know and I would be happy to have someone reach out to you and walk you through this process.

  2. Mollie Belcher

    Is there any way to test the system after having it for almost two years? What I mean by that is we have set the alarm off accidentally numerous times by opening a door after forgetting the system was armed but we always rush and disarm it quickly. Id like to know that if we dont disarm it are you actually getting the alarm and notifying police or fire? It would just give me peace of mind to know that if it was a true alarm that help would be on the way…make sense?

    • Valerie Saponara

      Mollie, this makes perfect sense. This is definitely something we can test with you at any time you’d like. We will have someone reach out to you shortly to do this!

  3. Allan E. Brennecke

    Your monthly charges are too high. You will not get repeat business

  4. Lorna Duck

    I love my Frontpoint security system. I was able to install it myself with no problem. I have only accidentally set it off two times and both times I have been alerted immediately on my cell phone and then my husband’s cell phone that the alarm was activated. I called to explain that it was all right and they had already began to set up a call to have the police respond. They were able to stop it but were definitely aware of everything and this was just in a couple of minutes of going off. I had went outside to feed the horses and forgot to turn alarm off and closed door so I didn’t hear it. It was storming outside. My previous alarm system (ADT) was set off by my grandson and when he got the code from me 30 minutes later and input it they still hadn’t responded. He suggested that I needed a new alarm system.

  5. HANNAH

    I LIKE MY FRONTPOINT TO A POINT, I DO HAVE SOME PROBLEMS THE ONE TIME I CALLED CUSTOMER SERVICE TO ASK A QUESTION I COULD HEAR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACKGROUND LAUGHING LIKE THEY WERE A HAVING A PARTY AND THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A ALARM COMPANY. ANOTHER ONE WAS THE OTHER DAY MY ALARM WENT OFF BY MISTAKE AND I DID NOT RECIEVE A CALL AT ALL! SO I ASK MYSELF DOES THIS EVEN WORK… SHOULD I STAY….

  6. Dennis Hockman

    Will the system notify me when a sensor battery is weak or dead? Will this be visible on the remote app screen?

    • Valerie Saponara

      Dennis, yes you will get an alert about a low battery on your smartphone app and your myfrontpoint.com account. Also, your system will notify you out loud when you arm/disarm your main control panel of a battery being low before it dies. Rest assured you will get notified about this 6 months or more before the actual battery dies.

  7. Peggy McCullough

    I absolutely love my Frontpoint security system☺️ I have complete confidence in the Frontpoint system and the people behind it; they are the reason everything works so well for me. Thank you, Frontpoint, for making my home feel so secure.

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