The festive season is upon us and while it’s an exciting time for family and friends to get together and celebrate, statistics reveal an exponential spike in crime rates around this time of year. With more gifts and money in the house, it’s no surprise that burglars are more likely to try their luck during this period.
Here are some vital tips to keep your home safe this Christmas.
1. Keep your gifts out of sight from the outside
While this may seem obvious, you’d be surprised at how this gets overlooked. Just a glimpse of a Christmas tree and gifts is enough to make a potential burglar size up your house.
Ensure your tree (if you have one) and the gifts underneath it are not visible from outside. Remove temptation and you reduce the risk of getting burgled.
2. Be Careful What You Throw Away
The gift packaging which you dispose of on your pavement shows onlookers exactly what is in your home. For example, Xbox packaging.
Try to conceal most packaging in dark bin bags. For larger items, drop them off at your local land fill site.
3. Be social media savvy
While letting everyone know how thrilled you are about your new laptop or your 10 day holiday, this information can be to your detriment. Criminals can sift through posts seeking out information on the types of gifts people have received, or when they plan to leave their homes for Christmas shopping or for vacation.
The information you choose to post online can be used against you. Therefore, take care not to post about valuables that may be in your home under the Christmas tree, or when the house will be empty.
4. Let there be light
When your outside area is dark, this creates more opportunity for criminals to thrive.
If your house is well-lit, the chances of any ‘funny business’ taking place on your property will be greatly reduced. Make sure you have floodlights or motion sensor lights around the exterior of your home.
5. Don’t leave signs that you’re away
If you can, ask a trusted neighbour or friend to collect the post from your mailbox each week and turn on different lights in your house to create the illusion that you are still there. Burglars are known for mastering the perfect time to break into a home, by waiting for signs of inactivity or absence of occupants.
6. Be mindful of petty theft
This not only includes the contents in your home, but outside your home too. Make sure you don’t leave any valuables in your car during the festive period.
7. Secure Your Home
Last but not least, make sure your home is secure during the holiday season. Check your windows and doors to make sure all locks and burglar guards are intact. Inform your alarm company and/or your neighbours of your away dates.
While the holiday season is an exciting and busy time, ensure that you take proper steps to make your home secure from all possible threats. By doing so, you can effectively reduce the chances of becoming a victim to a crime.