Christmas trees decked with baubles and laden with presents are a lovely sight, especially for burglars, so it is more important than ever to make sure your home is secure at this festive time of year.
According to Neighbourhood Watch, the average household spends around £700 on presents, food and decorations at Christmas, so it’s not surprising that burglaries increase by up to 20% during the winter months. But what can you do to prevent this?
Check who’s at the door
With more frequent visits from family and friends, it is recommended that you look through your front door ‘spy hole’ and enable the door chain before swinging it open. Only release the chain if you are satisfied that the person at the door is really who they say they are and have identification to prove the purpose of their visit.
Raise the alarm
As well as visiting loved ones at Christmas more of us are enjoying the festive break, so it’s important to make sure your home is protected while you’re away. Home alarms act as the perfect ‘security guard’, watching over your property while you’re not there.
Don’t advertise your presents
Putting presents under a tree that can be seen through a window looks great, but you are advertising what you have to steal. Keep curtains or blinds shut and invest in a home safe to keep receipts, jewellery and other valuables safe.
Party the safe way
It’s easy to let your hair down and enjoy your Christmas party if you follow two golden rules: plan your journey home and use a reputable taxi company. If you are left in a position where you are on your own try to stick to well it areas and carry a personal attack alarm for peace of mind.
Follow these tips and you can help to ensure a safe, secure and merry Christmas.
About the author
Dave Herbert, head of marketing for Yale. Yale is committed to developing security products that keep you safe and secure. With a range of industry-leading products, from traditional security solutions such as British Standard nightlatches and mortice locks, as well as modern security products such as digital door locks and ‘smart’ home alarms, Yale has something to protect you, your home and your possessions. It’s no wonder that Yale has been producing the world’s favourite locks since 1843. Visit www.yale.co.uk for more information.