As Christmas approaches, our houses will be filled with gadgets & expensive gifts,  just as you are looking forward to  giving and receiving those festive goodies, burglars are looking forward to stealing them from you..Research from Halifax Home Insurance has shown a 25% increase in December theft claims, with an average of nearly 50 claims made each day over the Christmas period so there is no better time to step up your security at home and we have 11 ways to help you do this!

 

  1. Hide Presents– make sure thieves cant see the presents through your windows and doors by hiding them in a cupboard or under the bed
  2. Look lived in– Turning all or some of the lights on when you are not home makes the house look occupied and can deter burglars.
  3. Look out for suspicious behaviour– Keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour around your neighbourhood, installing security cameras can enhance your security and give you piece of mind.
  4. Check your locks!- make sure all windows and doors are locked before leaving the house
  5. Hide packaging- hide the packaging for expensive gifts so that thieves don’t have an insight of what you have in your home
  6. Keep trees & gifts away from the window- it can be tempting for thieves to smash the window and grab wrapped presents
  7. Give a trusted neighbour your key- Burglars know to look for the hidden door key near the front entrance. Don’t hide spare keys under rocks, in flowerpots, or above door ledges. Instead give the spare key to a trusted neighbour
  8. Don’t run electricity cable through the window- Burglars prefer to enter through unlocked doors or windows, so an electricity extension cord running through an open window to exterior Christmas lights can be an open invitation. Hire an electrician to install an inexpensive exterior outlet for festive outdoor lights