During the holiday season, the only things on your mind should be family, friends, and fun times. But according to Alarm.com research, two-thirds of homeowners say they believe criminals are more likely to strike during the holidays.

With a flurry of family in town, presents to wrap, and delicious food to prepare, it’s easy to see how home security might fall behind on the list.

This year, take back your peace of mind with these five tips for smarter home security.

1. Deter burglars with visible home security features.

You’d be surprised how effective visible home security cameras are in deterring intruders. According to a recent survey, 83% of burglars will check for cameras prior to choosing a home, and 60% will move on if they see one. Those are some impressive numbers!

To reap the benefits of this crime deterrent, be sure to install outdoor security cameras in a highly visible area, put up a yard sign, or automate outdoor smart lights and video analytics. Need a professional to help talk you through which home security features are right for you? Give us a call today for local experts at your service.

2. Set home security reminders before you travel.

With so much to do before holiday travel, many people often forget to check their home security settings before their departure. Luckily, with a smart home security system monitored by a QEI professional, you can set smartphone reminders for yourself to make sure you close the garage door and turn down the thermostat.

And if you do happen to forget one of these things anyway, you can fix it with the press of a button through your app, all while on the way to the airport!

3. Don’t leave holiday packages on your doorstep.

These days, most people enjoy the convenience of ordering gifts online. But that means more frequent deliveries, and more opportunities for package thieves to strike and ruin your holiday spirit.

With a smart door lock and doorbell camera, however, you can accept your deliveries from anywhere and make sure they find their way safely into your home. Simply use your app to view the doorbell camera feed, verify who is at the front door, and decide whether or not to let them in with your smart lock capabilities. Then lock up after them, and voila! Peace of mind in the palm of your hand.

4. Enlist the help of your neighbors while you’re away.

While technology can help with most things, sometimes you just need some good old-fashioned help from your neighbors. Ask them to keep an eye on your house while you’re away, then repay the favor next time they’re out of town. With a smart door lock from QEI Security & Technology, you can even give them a temporary user code to get into the house should any problems arise while you’re gone.

5. Consider a complete smart home security system for year-round protection.

Although the holidays may feel like the most stressful time of year, you can get complete peace of mind year-round by installing a comprehensive smart home security system, rather than just buying a doorbell camera for a quick fix.

With a complete system, you can get 24/7 professional monitoring, life safety devices like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and so much more. Build the home security system that’s right for you and your family with the help of our experienced local technicians.

Want to learn more about installing a smart home security system in your home today?

Click here to connect with one of our local professionals today, or call 1-844- QEI-SAFE and we’ll help you design the best system for your home.