Posted: December 13, 2017
Have you ever overspent on holiday gifts for your family? If so, you are not alone. According to Investopedia, the average American spent $882 on holiday gifts in 2015. That’s no small amount. But, what should you do with your holiday goodies once the Christmas trees come down? After the tinsel is tightly packed away, you are presented with the fun challenge of what to do with your holiday loot.
Protect your gifts by following these home security tips for the holidays:
Keep gifts out of plain view. Leaving a car full of shopping bags makes your vehicle an easy target. Thieves often don’t go to the trouble of breaking in if there’s a possibility they will be walking away empty handed.
Make indelible marks of identification. This practice helps with deterrence and identification if items come up missing.
Choose unexpected hiding places. Most burglars go straight for the master bedroom and living room because these are common areas to keep your high-priced belongings. Selecting unexpected hiding areas makes it more difficult to locate your coveted items.
Arrange for package pickup. This keeps your doorstep from piling up with your purchases. While it might involve an extra drive, you know your packages will make it safely into your home.
Park wisely. Make your car highly visible to keep unwanted hands off of your holiday goodies.
Be aware of your surroundings. Always pay attention to where you’re shopping and the situations that arise around you. Avoiding problematic situations might just be enough to keep you safe.
Practice safe shopping tactics. Although it can be an exhausting activity, taking a few extra precautions like concealing packages in your car can save you the hassle of missing items.
Avoid social updates. Informing everyone on Facebook that you will be out of town shopping for the weekend is never a good idea. Keep those plans off of social media, at least until after you return.
Whether you are out and about or going the online route, a few extra precautions this holiday season can help keep your new goodies where they belong.
Holiday shopping is chaotic. Faced with an abundance of stores and loaded down with shopping bags, shoppers often burn as many calories making it back to the car as they do during an intense cardio workout. While this may be somewhat functional for exercise, it doesn’t make protecting your purchases any easier. Try out these holiday shopping safety tips to keep yourself and your purchases protected.
Holiday shopping is much more enjoyable if you don’t have to fill out a police report.
eCommerce is on the rise. In 2016, more shoppers made purchases online than in actual stores (51%), according to the Wall Street Journal. Shopping online has so many convenience factors—quick shipping, easy comparison, and to top it off, your purchases are delivered straight to your door! You don’t even need to leave the comfort of your fuzzy socks and pajama pants. However, one inconvenience factor involves making sure your packages make it inside your front door.
Often, packages are delivered during working hours and left on doorsteps with no supervision. During the holiday season, these packages are a prime target for theft. There are a few options for ensuring your packages don’t get swiped before you even have a chance to open the box. Try out these package theft prevention tips:
Check out our other tips for preventing package theft.
It can be tempting to show off your new goods after the holidays are in your rearview. Whether you’ve acquired a brilliant new TV or the latest iPhone, it may actually be best to keep it under wraps.
Follow these steps to help protect your newly acquired holiday loot.
Play it safe this holiday season and enjoy your new holiday loot!