Particularly if you are a burglar…….According to the Home Office , instances of robbery and burglary rise during the autumn and winter months with December and Christmas a peak time. The evenings are darker, everyone is shopping for Christmas and there is an increased likelihood that luxury goods and even cash are lying around houses and thieves are extra busy.
So, here are a few basic tips to protect against burglary this Christmas:
Make the property look occupied with timed and automatic lights
Have locks on all doors and windows but don’t leave the keys in them!
Remembering to lock all access points – including garages and sheds
Don’t leave your your gifts under the tree at night if visible to the outside!
Don’t leave on-line ordered packages outside the house – easy pickings for thieves.
Don’t leave empty boxes by the bins showing expensive products, fold and hide.
Don’t let people know you are away on social media.
And what about security? With all the excitement of the Christmas period, people can become a bit lax with their home security – at the very time when we need to be the most careful. The team at TSI have put together some additional security tips:
Identify weak areas of entry on to your grounds/property – e.g. side gates, empty neighbouring plots, broken boundary fencing.
Install CCTV and intruder alarm and make them visible to intruders.
If you have an alarm, always set it, even if just popping next door.
Install security lighting – automatic or movement detected or both.
Keep keys and valuable items out of sight and away from letterboxes, doors and windows.