Protecting Your Home, 25 Years Later

Protecting Your Home, 25 Years Later

Written By

Janaan Weaver

Protecting Your Home, 25 Years Later

It has been 25 years since 8-year-old Kevin McCallister was left home alone by his family during Christmas in the classic holiday movie, Home Alone. We all cheered Kevin on as he singlehandedly defended his home from a couple of dimwitted burglars. The ingenious youngster set dozens of clever traps—including broken glass, icy stairs, and a blow torch—to prevent the criminals from invading his home. I can’t help but think how much easier Kevin could have defended his home had it been equipped with a Vivint Smart Home system.

In the quarter of a century that has passed since the release of Home Alone, what have we learned about protecting our home?

  1. Illusion is protection: In the movie, Kevin manually maneuvered silhouettes of people to create the illusion of an occupied home. Today, smart homes allow you to automate your lights to turn on and off at different times of the day, such as sunset or sunrise. Never leave a dark home when you’re out of town again.
  2. Door locks are as important today as they were back then: Burglars will always go for the doorknob first, just to see if it’s open. Instead of heating up the doorknob to extreme temperatures and causing the unwanted visitor’s hand to roast, a good defense is to simply lock the door. With a smart home, you can lock and unlock your door from anywhere with your mobile phone.
  3. Window and door sensors can save you a lot of hassle: When a barefoot Marv saw an open window, he saw an opportunity. Fortunately, Kevin had placed an assortment of glass Christmas ornaments beneath the window as a booby trap. Save yourself the mess of a thousand shards of broken glass and make sure your windows are closed, locked, and armed with a sensor.
  4. Creating a connected community is key: Unfortunately for Kevin, he didn’t seem to know his neighbors. In fact, they terrified him! Nowadays we know the importance of creating a community. Trusted neighbors can help keep watch over your home while you’re away. A trusted neighbor could also check on any children left home alone.
  5. Keep the outside safe: Any military expert will tell you the best way to protect a fortress is to establish a perimeter and defend it. Kevin used icy stairs, tar, and a well-aimed blowtorch to protect his house. Today, we can rely on motion sensors for lights and a visible Vivint SmartHome sign out front.
  6. Always have a plan: Little Kevin created his expert battle plan with just crayons and his imagination. Make sure everyone in your family understands what to do in an emergency situation and what role they will play.
  7. Always be aware, in every situation: Life is hectic and busy and we all have a hundred things on our mind at any given time. But being aware of your surroundings can keep you safe and help you keep track of all of your kids so you don’t leave one behind.

While Home Alone remains a classic, make sure your home is up to date and protected this holiday season. If you would like to revisit Home Alone and enter to win three amazing prizes, visit Vivint.com/homealone for more details.