Christmas is many people’s favourite time of the year – especially when they receive presents. But it is also many thieves favourite time of the year too, with plenty of stealable items ready to be snatched from unsuspecting houses.
Being the victim of a burglary can be heart-breaking at any time of year, but especially so at Christmas if presents are stolen. But there are plenty of ways that you can ensure your home remains as secure as possible over the holiday period – here are our top tips.
Keep doors and windows locked
It might sound obvious but there are plenty of people who don’t do this basic security measure. You should make sure your doors and windows locked when you go out – even it is just for an hour or two – and better yet, keep them locked even when you are in. Burglars only need a few seconds in some cases to nip in, grab something valuable and get out again.
Don’t be left open by lights
In a similar vein, if you are having Christmas lights outside your house, don’t feed the power cable through a slightly open window. Most burglars are aware of this weakness and will look for it. To avoid this, try to use solar or battery powered lights, or if you do use the mains to power the lights, drill a small hole in the wall and feed the power cable through it.
Be careful on social media
If you are going away somewhere for Christmas don’t put when you are leaving and returning in a post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. If your posts can be seen by anyone, it is possible that a burglar could see it and take advantage.
Another reason not to post on social media is that if the worst was to happen then your home insurance policy could be invalidated and the insurance company wouldn’t pay out.
Also be wary of posting a picture of presents under the tree – again, if a potential burglar sees that they would know there are plenty of expensive items in your house and could target it.
Keep presents out of sight
If you have been organised and got all your presents wrapped well ahead of the big day, it is tempting to put them ready under the Christmas tree. However, if your tree is visible to the outside world through a window, then it is an advert for a burglar. It is best to keep any presents hidden out of sight until Christmas Eve. Then, even if a burglar does break in, they would have to spend time hunting for them and, when burglars like to be in and out of a property as quickly as possible, that’s the last thing they want.
Keep packaging out of sight
With online deliveries set to break all records this year due to people shopping at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are going to be receiving a lot of boxes in the run-up to Christmas. It is important these are kept out of sight and not piling up around your bins. Break the boxes down to fit more into your bin or, if there are too many, take them to your local recycling centre.
Make it look like someone is home
If you are planning to spend Christmas away from home – perhaps at a relative’s, if you are bubbling with them over the holiday period in line with the government’s COVID-19 restrictions – it is important to ensure you leave your home as secure as possible.
It should go without saying that all doors and windows should be locked – and checked – before you leave, and any alarm system switched on. Curtains should also be closed to avoid prying eyes.
But there are other things you can do that make it look like someone is home, such as using a timer to make certain lights in your house come on at a set time. You could also ask a friendly neighbour to park their car on your drive to make it look like there is someone at home.
Consider upgrading your security system
If you are worried about the threat of a burglary at Christmastime, then it is perhaps time to upgrade your home security. Not only will this give you increased peace of mind – which cannot be underestimated – but it can also help to bring your home insurance bills down.
Often at this time of year, outside security measures that can be seen by would-be burglars can pay dividends. Things like alarm systems, CCTV and security lights can all help to put off anyone thinking of breaking in to your home.
At Inta-lock Locksmiths in Leicester we are happy to come out to your home and provide a comprehensive security review and provide recommendations as to what security measures are needed. Our team of fully qualified locksmiths can then also fit the security devices for you at a price that is competitive with any other locksmith in the East Midlands.
For more information about home security, or to book one of our team to come out and conduct a security review, call one of the friendly Inta-lock Locksmiths team today.