Elf-approved tips to keep watch on your home this holiday season


(NC) The holidays are meant to be a time of cheer, but they can also be busy. As to-do lists grow and parties start, it’s important to keep your home – and those Christmas gifts – safe. The good news is, there are easy ways to keep a watchful eye.

Make it merry and bright
Get creative with your festive lighting. Not only does it serve up festive cheer, but illuminating your walkway and entryways can also deter people from approaching your property.

Get smart with security
While you shouldn’t live in fear, theft and break-and-entering generally increase over the holiday season. For an easy and effective way to monitor your home, consider an all-in-one smart security system that includes 24/7 monitoring and real-time alerts. That way, you’re immediately notified of activity around your home – and we’re not talking about a visit from Santa – such as someone walking up your driveway or if a door or window has been opened.

Automate from anywhere
Whether you’re out shopping at the mall or visiting relatives out of town, take advantage of the ability to secure and control your home from anywhere with an all-in-one smart security system such as Telus SmartHome Security. Schedule or manually turn your lights on and off to give the illusion someone is home, or lock and unlock your doors when your children get home from school. True automation can provide added peace of mind and security from near or far.


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