Your home, for most, is your pride and joy and the very heart of your family. It’s a place where you can be yourself, sit back and relax or confide in when times are tough. ‘Home is where the heart is’ is a common phrase, but it rings very true with many of us. During the Christmas period, your home comes alive with all kinds of decorations and presents under the tree, it also sees many people come and go as guests come to visit. It is also unfortunate that during this time many of us see our homes burgled. Many victims to the crime admit that because of all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, they forgot to do the simple things that would have kept their property secure. So below is our ultimate list of things you need to double and triple check over the holiday period so your Christmas doesn’t get a visit from a Grinch.
Double Lock Doors
If you are able to with the door you own, you should always double lock the doors before you go to bed or if you’re spending a long time outside the home. It may seem like a big step to take, but many will actually be burgled while they are asleep, thinking they would wake up if it were ever to happen. Back and front doors in particular should be locked securely during this period, as criminals are aware that there will be a lot of gifts in the home due to the season.
Locking Down During Holidays
If you’re not going to be in the home over the Christmas period then you need to make sure that your home is 100% secure and safe. Many of us go to somewhere hot for a holiday to get away from the snow, without realising that we’re advertising an empty home to potential burglars. Lock all doors and windows but also close all curtains so that nothing can be seen such as televisions or other expensive devices. Also make sure that your shed, if you have one, is also locked or has nothing expensive inside it. Many burglars will use sheds to gain expensive tools, such as drills and strimmers, to sell for cold hard cash. If you have a CCTV system installed you do stand a better chance at catching the criminals.
Lock All Windows
Even when you’re inside the home, or are just popping out for an hour or two, you need to make sure your window is not wide open. At this time of year many residents will use their window as a gateway for wires to external Christmas lights. If you do invest in outside lighting for the home please be sure to have an outside power source to fuel the lights. Leaving windows open, even just a fraction, is very noticeable to opportunists. Without having to break in, they can very quietly creep in during the night.
Keep Keys Away From Doors
You may be one of very many people who leave their keys next to their doors in a bowl, this is for ease of use during our day to day lives but it’s actually another way for a criminal to get not only into your home but even your car. The latest criminal craze is to use a coat hanger or pole to use the letter box so they can hook your keys and remove them from your home (regardless of the door being locked). It’s quite easy to determine which car is yours once they have the keys, so keep your keys away from the door or in a bag out of sight.
Don’t Advertise Presents
One you’ve opened all of your presents, big and small, you need to remove all packaging from the home immediately. Thieves have commonly used rubbish bags to search for information on a home, if they see that you got a new iPhone this Christmas (which funnily enough is the most stolen item at Christmas and has been for 3 years) they may consider breaking in to get it. It is advised that you keep packaging indoors until you’re able to dispose of it completely, keep them in a separate bag and store them somewhere until ready to get rid.