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Top Christmas Security Tips

The Christmas holiday season is one of the best times of year. It’s an opportunity for family and friends to get together for fun festivities. However, burglars often choose this moment, whilst you’re in the midst of merriment, to strike. Christmas is an ample time of year for burglars, cash and expensive gifts are bound to be in the home more so than at any other time of year. They can also expect some houses to be deserted when families jet off for a Christmas holiday. It is important to stay alert and remain security conscious. This article provides you with our top tips to help you stay safe and secure this Christmas, so you can enjoy the holiday season without worry.

 

Presents and packaging

Think carefully where you stow your Christmas presents. At this time of year, it is so common to see a Christmas tree lighting up the window with presents waiting to be unwrapped underneath. However, make sure your gifts are out of sight to passers-by who may could be tempted by your display of gifts and make the most of the opportunity. Similarly, after your gifts have been exchanged and unwrapped, it is important to dispose of the wrapping paper and boxes discreetly. Rather than disposing of the packaging outside of your house, consider taking it to the dump or recycling centre. Alternatively, keep the packaging inside until just before your next rubbish collection date. If you leave the packaging outside of your house, you give potential burglars an insight into the valuable items stored inside your house.

 

Festive lighting

Decorating the home for Christmas may mean additional lighting, such as fairy lighting for your tree or outside lighting to light up your home. One common mistake is to run an extension cable through partially open windows or doors leading inside. Though this may seem insignificant to you, all it takes is a small gap or a little wedge at the door/window for a burglar to gain easy access into your house. They know to look for this and will be opportunistic about it. If you would like to use outdoor festive lighting over the holiday season, consider opting for solar or battery powered lights, or even installing outdoor electrical outlets in order to keep your home secure.  

 

Going on holiday

If you are going to be away at all over the Christmas period, make sure you plan ahead. Start by talking to a trusted neighbour or nearby family member/friend about helping to make the house look as though it is inhabited whilst you are away. This may involve them parking in your driveway, flicking the lights on/off and opening/closing the curtains or blinds at various intervals. If a burglar is aware the house is vacant, they are much more likely to target your home.

 

Social media

As tempting as it may be to share your glee at your Christmas present on social media, you may want to think twice before you do so. By posting photos or information regarding your latest possessions on social media, you are advertising personal items to whoever has access to your profile. It is always a good idea to check who can view your profile, but especially before you post something detailing the items in your possession.

These are some of the main things we advise you to give extra consideration to this Christmas. It is also important to continue practicing excellent general security and be alert.

 

If you would like any more advice on how to stay secure this holiday season, please contact us.

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