It’s the season for giving, and we Britons love to show we care. In fact, we spend nearly £900 on average over Christmas, with almost £400 going towards presents. Many homes up and down the country will have a pile of gifts in brightly coloured wrapping paper sitting under the Christmas tree this year.
Unfortunately, this largesse and kindness makes us a target for thieves, both in the run-up and after the holiday season. This problem is compounded by the fact that our guards are often lowered, since we’re ready for some time off work to enjoy ourselves.
In this post, we take a look at why you should be extra-vigilant over Christmas, and how to improve your security in response.
Boxes upon boxes
On Christmas Day, we eagerly unwrap our presents and thank people for what we received. In most cases, we take the item out of a box and put it aside to be disposed of or recycled. However, once it’s outside the house, this box becomes an advertisement for any would-be burglar passing by. Expensive electronics are particularly prized by thieves, since they’re often easier to carry and ultimately sell on. It is imperative that you take steps to hide or obfuscate what you received for Christmas this year.
This includes making sure that you don’t leave your presents in full view. A thief shouldn’t be able to see your brand new television or computer simply by looking in through the window from the street.
We all enjoy a little over-indulgence over Christmas, eating and drinking far too much. However, this can also dull our security instincts. We might forget to lock the back door, or leave a window open after a hot bath. Contrary to popular belief, burglars don’t spend weeks casing properties and figuring out methods of entry—they’re looking for easy targets, with lax security. For example, an open window or an unlocked door is an invitation too good to pass up, particularly if they can see there are valuables inside. Perhaps before letting your hair down, remind yourself to lock any doors ahead of time, and ensure that all windows are shut and locked.
At Christmas time, thieves are on alert for opportunities. Installing a security system means presenting a fearsome deterrent. Security lighting which activates using motion sensors can often be enough to send thieves packing. A high-quality alarm, combined with CCTV or perimeter sensors will make sure that your valuables and your family are safe over the festive period. Some products register on impact, meaning that if someone tries to force open a window the alarm will sound. It’s also possible to purchase additions like BT Redcare, which continuously monitors the phone line and will inform a remote monitoring station if it is interfered with. From there, authorities can be called in.
If you’re interested in boosting your home security this Christmas, take a look around our site, or get in touch with a member of our friendly team today.