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The Christmas Crime Checklist – Keep Your Home Safe Before & After the Festivities

Christmas is a time of great opportunity for thieves and burglars. Empty houses, expensive gifts and distracted residents are clearly a recipe for disaster. Don’t become a victim this Christmas & New Year.

Before Christmas

If the opportunity is there, thieves will strike, so it’s important to stay vigilant – even if you think everyone is preoccupied with Christmas.

  • Don’t leave gifts in view of your windows. Burglars know to look under your tree. Don’t let them ‘window shop’ your home.Man in snow
  • Avoid throwing branded shopping bags in the bin once you’ve wrapped the presents. This is a perfect advertisement for what’s in the house.
  • If you’re hiding presents from children, do so in a difficult-to-access area like your loft. Using sheds or garages which aren’t fully secure is asking for trouble.
  • Be careful what you post on social media – don’t advertise when you’ll be out of the house.
  • Make sure you lock all windows and doors and leave a light on if you’re going out.

Christmas Day

Believe it or not, people do suffer from break-ins on Christmas day itself. Unfortunately, thieves can be desperate enough to target homes on the big day, so it’s important to take precautions. No one wants their Christmas ruined by petty criminals.

  • Don’t leave your doors or windows unlocked, even if you’re just outside to try out Christmas presents (kids’ bikes and remote controlled toys are a classic example).
  • If you go for a Christmas day walk make sure you hide any presents from view of your windows.
  • If you’re going to be away for the whole of Christmas day, make sure you get a neighbour to check on your property (if possible) and take extra security precautions.

After Christmas

Breaking in at ChristmasThe days between Christmas and New Year create a bit of a ‘limbo’ week in the UK, where some people are back to normal routine while others are still enjoying the festive spirit. This can create a bit of a chaotic atmosphere and means it’s easy for thieves to take advantage. Mysterious comings and goings are common around the festive season, so you can’t really rely on your neighbours to be vigilant on your behalf.

  • Don’t pile up recycling outside your home. Cardboard boxes which reveal what presents have just been received are a beacon to burglars.
  • Start thinking about updating your home security for the year to come. December and January are popular times for burglary, so taking extra precautions could ensure the safety of your home during 2015.
  • If you’re going out on New Year’s Eve, make sure you fully secure your home. Lock windows and doors, and make sure you don’t leave tools or ladders out in your garden as this can help a thief enter your property.

Things to Consider in 2015

Updating your home security has never been easier, nor does it have to break the bank. We can offer a variety of security solutions, from updating your locks to ensure they can’t be snapped, to replacing your whole front door. We stock innovative products like the new Patlock and even have a range of security products for your garage.

We can offer a free security survey of your home with no obligation. Call us on 0345 145 0130 at a time to suit you – we’re open 24/7.