The holiday season brings joy, laughter, and good feelings all around. Did you know that every 26 seconds a home is burglarized? you would think that the holiday season would keep everyone on their best behavior but sadly, there are still some grinches out there. Don’t let thugs steal your holiday spirit! Light up your home and send cheer to your neighbors without it being a neon sign to burglars. Keep your home safe and secure this holiday season with our top 5 tips. 1. Think twice before you share on social Social media is the place to share all of life’s adventures with friends and family but there are Scrooges out there too. Sharing your new accessories on your social media is like posting an advertisement to those who want to take advantage of you. Also, give a pause when away from the house before posting. Tree shopping, apple picking, sledding, and caroling are some of the best things to do this time of year but it also lets others know you are not home. You wouldn’t want to invite strangers over when you are not home. 2. Shopping curbside Tossing away boxes and packaging seems like second nature but do it carefully. Break down large boxes like TVs, gaming systems, and your new official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stocking and this thing that tells the time (oh Ralphie). Freely placing the boxes on the curb for pickup is telling the world what you have. It is a small action that can save you heartache and thousands. 3. Fake it Ever seen Home Alone? Of course, it’s a national treasure. Be like Kevin and play up that you are home or home alone even when you are away. Automatic lights indoors and out are a great way to appear like someone is home even when you are away. Most of the time a simple auto timer for indoor or outdoor lights can be found at your local hardware store for a few dollars. Not to mention, having your outdoor decorations on a timer will help you with the extra electricity bill. Let’s face it, we all forget to turn them off. 4. Trim the tree Now we don’t mean putting the ornaments on the tree, but rather trimming back your shrubs and bushes outside your home. In most locations, plants still grow year-round and still need tending to. Shrubs and plants that block your windows and doors from the street are a great place for burglars to conceal themselves when trying to break in. Take away their window of opportunity. Think about adding security screens on your windows and doors. 5. Add a security screen There is no better time to protect your home, possessions, and most importantly your loved ones than the holidays. Peace on earth and peace of mind go hand in hand when you add security screens to your home. Visit find your local dealer here or simply request a quote to get started on your holiday home renovation. And don’t worry, the big man in red can still deliver your goodies when your home is outfitted with Crimsafe Screens. Let’s all start rocking around the tree because the most wonderful time of the year starts with a safe and secure home. Ready to start protecting your home? Get a quote from a local Authorized Dealer. Click here and we’ll send your inquiry through to one of our dedicated Crimsafe licensees. They will get in touch to organize a free measure and quote at a time that suits you.