As Christmas approaches your home is going to be getting full of lovely, but expensive, gifts. Burglars know this and it’s not surprising that burglaries tend to spike around Christmas time. There are a few steps you can take to make sure your home is as secure as possible and keep Christmas a special and wonderful time of the year.
1. Activate your Security System
Over the festive period you might be out of the house more, Christmas shopping, for Christmas parties or just for general festive events. But it’s important to remember to set your alarm or security system if you have one. Even if you are only popping out for a short time, most burglars are in and out within 8-10 minutes, so your home doesn’t need to be unsecured for long to be at risk.
2. Make the House Seem Occupied
If you are heading to stay with family or friends over Christmas to open your Christmas gifts, you don’t want people to know your house is empty. Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries and it’s worth asking a trusted friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your house while you are away. You might also consider getting plug timers, so your lamps can go on and off during the day, to give the illusion that someone is home.
3. Hide your Boxes
These days most of the gifts you buy are going come in some form of packaging, and this needs to be disposed of. A big box left by the bin that says 60-inch television on it, might piqué the interest of a passing burglar. The best way to stop this is to either collapse your boxes and put them at the bottom of the bin, or if this isn’t possible dispose of them at your local tip.
4. Don’t Display your Gifts
You might want to leave all your wrapped gifts under your tree before the big day. However, if they are easily visible from a window, then this could be a risk. If a burglar can see lots of goodies through the window, he could be more likely to break in. Try to leave all your gifts hidden until at least the night before, so they are safe from anyone looking through your windows.
5. Be Safe at Parties
The festive season is often full of social events and parties, which can bring other risks. Now that covid cases are rising again in the UK and around the world, some countries started lockdown restrictions again. If you are lucky enough to be able to attend Christmas parties and gatherings this year, make sure you keep your belongings and yourself safe!
Here are what you can do to be safer at parties during Christmas:
If you do want to get rid of any bags or coats, then its best to use an official coat check, if the place has one.
You must also never leave your drinks unattended or accept a drink off someone you don’t know. This is because there is a chance your drink has been spiked or tampered with.
It goes without saying but you must never drink and drive, always plan a lift or get a taxi if you have had more than one drink at a party.
For most people Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year, so make sure it stays that way by protecting you, your family, and your home.