The clocks going back doesn’t just mean dank, dark nights and endless evenings in front of the fire with the TV on, it’s also an open invitation for burglars everywhere.
And with Christmas on the horizon, the opportunist thief needs little more encouragement.
Statistics show a 20% increase in home burglaries during the winter months, and with homes filled with expensive gifts and valuable items, it can be a costly combination for unlucky homeowners and tenants.
So here are some top tips to beat the burglars this festive season.
1. Install exterior security lighting
Your house may be illuminated by festive lighting, but this won’t necessarily deter burglars. In fact, sometimes Christmas decorations can provide ample distractions while a criminal seeks out an easy point of entry. Invest in a motion sensor flood-light that will be activated when anyone approaches your property, this way burglars are more likely to be put-off from coming near your home, let alone trying to break in.
2. Don’t leave easy points of entry
You want your home to look festive, but at what cost? Decorating houses and buildings is commonplace now, but an all too common mistake is people trailing cables and extension leads through windows and doorways, which then gives a burglar a point of entry as gaps and openings are created. Instead, try solar or battery operated lights or use outdoor electrical sockets.
3. Don’t advertise Christmas holiday plans
Christmas is a time to be with friends and family, but if you’re planning to go away for the festive season, don’t tell the whole world about it! Telling people that you are going to be away for a number of days on social media sites is an open invitation to would-be burglars who stalk the internet looking for any nugget of information that a property is empty. So go on holiday by all means, just keep it to yourself.
4. Dispose of waste carefully
Got a new console for Christmas? How about that large LCD TV? All very nice, but do you really want people knowing that you now hove thousands of pounds of equipment in your home? So when you’ve finally unpacked all your new belongings don’t leave the boxes out with the trash for everyone to see. Take them to the local recycling centre instead. Not only are you protecting your property, you’re also doing your bit for the environment.
5. Use a timer switch
Dark nights might be good for showing off your tree lights or outdoor decorations, but they can also be good for showing that nobody is at home. So if you’ve gone to a lot of trouble with your festive features this year, invest in a timer switch. This way on-lookers will be none the wiser if you aren’t at home after the sun goes down.
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