The festive season isn’t too far away now; it won’t be long before the shops are full of Christmas Fayre and the shopping frenzy begins! Before we know it we’ll be decking the halls and we’ll be knee deep in Christmas wrapping as we get those all-important gifts ready to go under our trees. Some of us may be looking to jet off to sunnier climes during the holidays so the pressure is on and the stress is at fever pitch to make sure everything is ready for ‘the most wonderful time of the year’!
It’s not just us that are busy during the holiday season. Sadly, the criminal element are always on the lookout for their next target, and with gifts galore on view in our houses it’s no surprise that burglary statistics spike in December. With gifts of jewellery, electronics and gadgets in abundance, there’s no shortage of prey! Here are some tips to help keep your home safe during the festive period and beyond.
- Keep your home and property well lit
You are less likely to be targeted by thieves if you have outdoor lighting. Motion detector lights are ideal, as they come on whenever anyone approaches your home, making would-be intruders more visible to neighbours and passers-by. Timers for your internal lights are a good idea too, making it appear as though someone is home even if they’re not!
- Keep serial numbers and take photos
High value gifts are particularly appealing to burglars, so it’s a good idea to take photos of anything you’ve bought and note down the serial numbers too if they have them. This information can be invaluable in the event of a burglary and could be vital in the future recovery of your property.
- Don’t post real time updates on Social Media
An innocent post on Social Media about what an awesome time you’re having away from home could end in tears! Not only is this an open invitation to would-be thieves to stake out your empty home, but it could invalidate any subsequent insurance claim. Many insurers have a valid reason not to pay out if you’ve naively advertised your property is unoccupied.
- Dispose of packaging discreetly
A thief can see the spoils of your Christmas just by looking at what you’ve left outside for waste collection. New TVs and computers are a big signal if the packaging is left outside on view. Try to dispose of any cardboard packaging discreetly; either break it up small enough to fit into your trash bins, or take it to your nearest recycling centre.
- Install an alarm
To really put your mind at ease all year round you could have a reliable home security system installed. Whether you opt for an intruder alarm or a full CCTV system, potential burglars will be deterred when they see you have extra security measures in place. The initial investment will pay for itself in a relatively short space of time, and your household insurance premiums could be reduced too!