Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. And as the festive season gets closer, homes are more frequently left empty in the whirlwind of shopping trips, social events and visits, and with the elongated holiday many of us use the opportunity to take a break.
Expensive presents wrapped and conveniently left in the hallway or under the tree, it’s not surprising that burglaries increase by up to 20% over the winter months. With this in mind, we have put together their top tips for securing your home this Christmas.
Treasure Trees & Christmas Wrapping
Start as you mean to go on, safely and securely. As tempting as it is, try not to advertise your Black Friday bargains, especially white goods and technology to the eagle eyed opportunist.
Avoid leaving presents under the tree and try to keep them out of sight, and away from windows until the big day. Even as you do your gift-wrapping, make sure packing is unidentifiable when you throw it out. Opportunist burglaries will be looking out for any signs and easy takings of new stock!
And on the big day, try not to advertise your new gifts on social media. You don’t want to create a catalogue for burglars to choose from - especially if you tag yourself at an airport 3 days later!
The Festival of Light
Always try to give the impression that someone is in by leaving lights and the TV or radio on if you’re out and about over Christmas so burglars think you’re home.
For additional protection, alarms act as the perfect ‘security guard’, watching over your property when you’re not there. Statistics show 60%* of burglaries attempted on homes with alarms are unsuccessful.
The darker nights provide the perfect cover for opportunist burglars so a working home alarm is invaluable. As well as providing a visual deterrent to potential burglars, alarms are vital for alerting your neighbours in the event of a break-in.
Don’t Leave Your Home Alone
It’s a good idea to ask your family or neighbours to keep an eye on your home while you’re away visiting friends and loved ones.
For the ultimate peace of mind and as recommended by the Police for installation in every home, smart CCTV and visual verification is great way to keep a safe pair of eyes on your home at all times. Burglars tend to be very camera-shy and 90% of burglars avoid homes with CCTV installed in favour of an easier target.
Mistletoe & Wine
Even if you’re just popping into your neighbour’s to share in the festive spirit, make sure all windows, upstairs and downstairs and even the smallest are locked and secure. Also don’t forget to fully engage the front and back door locking features. It only takes a second for burglars to break in and enter and leave devastating effects.
The Weather Outside Is Frightful…
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