Protect Your House At Christmas
As Christmas time approaches and we prepare for the festive season, homes will be more frequently left empty as people spend time out and about shopping, visiting friends and relatives and enjoying some festive cheer at their Christmas parties.
People are also more likely to take an extended break at Christmas time, meaning, unfortunately, that your home is at risk of burglary. Burglars know that there will be Christmas gifts along with plenty of food in people’s homes at this time of year making it a prime opportunity for burglaries across the country
The ease for burglars also makes homes an attractive prospect as gifts are simple to target - conveniently left downstairs, under the Christmas tree and often in plain sight of a window.
- Check your home insurance policy to make sure your Christmas gifts are covered in the unlucky event of a burglary.
- Don’t leave Christmas gifts in plain sight of windows and potentially in view of burglars, keep them hidden away as long as possible
- Lock away any garden tools or ladders so that a burglar cannot use them to break into your house and use a heavy-duty padlock to lock your garden shed
- Develop a safety-check routine ensuring all windows and doors are locked before heading out
- If there’s a Neighbourhood Watch in your area, advise them that you’ll be away over the period
- Don’t leave car keys in plain sight i.e. on hall tables or on hooks in the hall, be creative with your hiding places
- If you are leaving your home for an extended period of time over the Christmas break, ask a trusted neighbour or friend to check on the house, take in post etc
- When you go out shopping or socialising over the holidays try and give the impression that someone is home i.e. consider leaving a radio, TV or some lights on
- Do not announce on social media that you’ll be away for the holidays, burglars could potentially be watching this
- If you are leaving your home for an extended period of time over the Christmas break, and will be taking your car, consider asking a trusted friend or neighbour to park their car in your driveway from time to time which will give the impression that the home is occupied.
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