Security Lessons Learned From “Home Alone”

Home Alone

Home and personal security is a big part of personal finance. After all, you don’t want to work hard for what you have only to have it taken away by thieves. Neither do you want to be physically injured by someone who is after your stuff. While security is a very serious subject, the movie “Home Alone” provides some important lessons in a lighthearted format. On the surface it’s just a fun holiday movie. But if you watch closely, you can learn some important security do’s and don’ts that apply during the holidays as well as the rest of the year.

Don’t Tell People You’re Leaving

In the movie, the family confided in the “cop” (really


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2 Responses to Security Lessons Learned From “Home Alone”

  1. Laura in AZ says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    I read your articles often, and always enjoy them, but this one really stands out since Home Alone is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I, too, have learned a few valuable lessons from it!
    My favorite quote from the movie is a simple, yet significant one. When Kevin knows the burglars are coming and he has his plan in place, he tells himself aloud, “This is it! Don’t get scared now.” It may sound silly, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve repeated those same words to myself to gather up courage. That little line has helped me to brace myself before public speaking, before giving birth, before standing up for myself in all types of potentially uncomfortable circumstances, in social or professional settings.
    Let’s hope I never have to defend my home from the likes of “Marv & Harry”, but if I ever do, I will be glad I saw Home Alone and read your article!

    Merry Christmas,
    Laura in AZ

  2. jstrada says:

    These are all excellent points to consider and a fun way of expressing them(with the home alone tie-in). I recommend installing and arming a home security system in order to protect your home. Buying a system that has home automation and energy management is a good idea also. With home automation and energy management, you are able to remotely access your home. That way, you could turn your lights on and off in a random pattern and confuse a potential thief.

    Joe Strada

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