Christmas is a time for happiness, catching up with friends and family, eating a tad too much and taking part in a brandy or two! Sadly it’s also a time when security can be compromised, but simply keeping a few checks in mind amid the party and the fun will mean you still stay safe and your home secure.
Don’t forget the basics!
Christmas for many is a time of comings and goings, with days spent seeing family and nights out enjoying festive cheer. Amid the excitement it’s no surprise that people forget to check their windows and doors before they go out, so don’t forget the day-to-day basics, however much fun you’re having.
Especially in households full of children, front rooms can be a haven for presents at Christmastime. On the off-chance that anyone is snooping around, keep your goods out of view as much as possible and remove the temptation for burglars as much as possible.
As with presents, be as discreet as possible to help maintain your Christmas security. A pile of packaging sticking out of your wheelie bin is a clear hint of the kind of delights your home now contains. Keep them in a locked garage and dispose of them at the nearest refuse tip as soon as you can.
If you’re spending time away from your home, make sure your house looks occupied. Cancelling milk and newspapers, using light timer switches, having a neighbour picking up mail and opening/closing curtains can make a huge difference in the Christmas security stakes.
Having an intruder alarm on your property is one thing, ensuring it’s in proper working use is another. There’s never a bad time for maintenance, and Christmas is as good a time as any to check your alarm system is working – after all, you can’t put a price on peace of mind.
Fire isn’t a security concern in the same manner as the points above, but it’s well worth bearing in mind. Candles are more likely to be used at Christmas than other times of year, and although the risk is minimal, Christmas trees and fairy lights increase the possibility of fire. As with checking windows and doors, don’t forget the basics!
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our tips on Christmas security. Eat, drink, be merry and stay safe! For more information, please see our Home Security Checklist.
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15 December 2016
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