Christmas is a great time of the year for burglars - with the expensive presents tucked under the tree and the definite chance of homeowners being out of their homes visiting family or for a holiday. We have an incredibly busier time during this festive season however, with the shopping, the Christmas tree and the decorating! But with this, we tend to look over one of the most important things - the protection of our own property. Your home is especially important during this time of year and home security should be considered a priority because unfortunately, burglars aren't discouraged by the cold, winter weather as it works completely in their favour. The darker and longer nights provide more hiding places and a longer period of time to make an attack before it gets lighter. This is why Century has provided 5 simple, yet effective methods on how to stay extra safe this Christmas. You'll be surprised as to how easy it is to lower the chance of an attack.
Don't leave Christmas gifts on show
It's always exciting to see presents tucked under the Christmas tree - especially for the little ones. But unfortunately, if your tree is near the front window of the house it can be a tempting invite for the wrong types of people. This is particularly dangerous if your presents are left in their branded packaging e.g. Apple, as these are known as an expensive product globally. Leaving these types of presents in sight could give a whole new meaning to the term "window shopping". So with this, it's very important that all presents are stored away from sight. Try standing outside of your property and looking in from an intruders perspective, you'll be surprised as to how much can be seen. We're not asking you to lock presents away... But to just lower the chance of giving a passer by that temptation.
Don't advertise new additions to the family
After Christmas has been and gone, discarded boxes of expensive items are left on show outside of the house. This is a big NO NO at Century as this simply advertises what has been added to your home contents and enables burglars to work out where they should focus their attention. If possible, try and break down any cardboard boxes that were given with TVs or laptops and seal them into the recycling bag. No one in their right mind is going to look through a recycling bag without getting a few strange looks!
Keep an eye on deliveries!
Online shopping is life saver when it comes to Christmas time. It saves the hassle of long queues, busy shopping centres and traffic. However shopping on line is more and more of a common place and according to Royal Mail two billion items were delivered over the Christmas period last year! Although it's a very easy option to take if you're working awkward hours, but never give permission for presents delivered to be left out side in a visible place. In doing this it provides a clear signal to a potential burglar that no one is at home. Wherever possible, try and have them delivered to somewhere you know they'll be safe e.g. with a neighbour or if permitted a workplace. If these are options you can unfortunately not take, make additional notes on purchasing your item to get left behind a back gate or in the back garden. As long as it can't be seen - temptation isn't given.
Lock those windows!
Although this will sound a little too obvious, but more than 40% of break-ins happen without forced entry. Scary right? This can happen because of many reasons, but one of the main causes of this is by outdoor lighting. This is because they are often powered from a power source inside the house and fed out through a window, meaning there is always going to be one window open. Make sure you check that all doors and windows are locked before leaving the house. Try not to forget about any windows that have wires running out of them and if possible, get a latch on the window. This makes it very difficult to open wider if attempted! During Christmas time especially, this is the very first thing a burglar will check for and by not locking windows, you leave everything in the hand of the intruder. Don't make this an easy job for them!
Although this isn't the most common thing to occur, especially in the UK, it is always something to be wary about. A Christmas carol singer might have the voice of an angel to get you in the mood for the festive season but could actually be a bogus caller, taking the opportunity to scope out your security. They could also just be a distraction, allowing other people to have access to the back of your property while they grab your attention at the front door. It's only a matter of seconds before someone is in your house and stealing something - you could have no idea.
Following our very simple tips is a great beginning, but you will always be at risk without an efficient Home Security System tailored to meet your requirements.
Give us a call today to arrange for our consultant to visit your home and provide you with a free quotation now on 0800 052 6070.
Stay safe this Christmas with Century. Season's Greetings!
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