Secure your home this Christmas and make sure that Santa won’t be the only one making a surprise visit to your home this holiday season. With the lure of expensive gifts and gadgets present throughout many households in the UK combined with the fact that so many of us go away at this time of year, leaving many households empty and easy to target. Christmas is a very lucrative and opportune time for burglars to try their luck.
However, there are a few precautionary measures that we can all take to beat the crooks at their own game. Don’t let yourself fall victim to a burglary this Christmas by following some of the following advice to secure your home and keep as safe as possible.
1. Try to keep valuables and gifts out of sight from potential intruders, especially away from windows; where a smash and grab would be made too easy. Although your gifts may look lovely and festive on display under your tree, they could catch the eye of an opportunist on the look- out for a worthwhile and easy target. Make sure you always keep the curtains closed once darkness draws in. Also try to avoid keeping the receipts with your goods, since this gives criminals an easy way to make some hard cash by simply getting them refunded.
2. Try to avoid leaving boxes and packaging for expensive items outside your home. This will advertise to burglars what goodies you have worth stealing inside and potentially making your home a target.
3. One of the most common ways for burglars to break in is through an unlocked door or window. You’d be surprised at how many of us forget to lock up after ourselves. Locking up is one of the most simple yet effective ways to protect your home against unwanted intruders.
4. Never publish an expensive purchase or plans to go away on any social media sites. You may be excited to tell your friends and family; but it could backfire if the information falls into the wrong hands.
5. Burglars will be on the look-out for empty households, where the owners are away. They will often look to see if the lights are on or be checking for any signs of inactivity. If you are going away, try to make it appear that someone is home. This could be keeping a radio playing or the lights on when it’s dark. With the help of today’s technology and the latest Smart Home systems, you can now set your lights to come on at set times automatically or control them remotely from your phone.
6. Secure your home with good quality sturdy locks. If you haven’t already, consider getting an alarm or/and CCTV system installed. Many CCTV systems on the market enable you to monitor your home remotely via your smart phone. Smart Home technology in particular offers an affordable and convenient way to monitor who is going in and out of your home and detect any unusual activity.