Going away for Christmas? Keep your home safe and sound

Burglaries are more common around Christmas time – thieves aren’t only after expensive gadgets and presents, but festive food and drink too! Whether you’re away for Christmas and New Year or just popping out for the evening, make sure it’s only Santa Claus who pays your house a visit.

Here are our top tips to keep the real life Grinches from entering your home:

Make your home looked lived-in

Ask a friend or neighbour to pop by and check on your property while you’re away, to give the impression you’re still there. This could be useful if you’re expecting any deliveries – notes or parcels left on your doorstep will alert burglars to an empty place. If someone you know can’t pick up scheduled parcels, try and get them delivered elsewhere.

Motion sensor light being fitted

Lights help to scare off burglars when it gets dark, so invest in some timers to use with different lamps around your home. Install motion sensor lights at the front, back and sides of your property to put off intruders.

Looking to fit security lights? Get a quote from an electrician here.

Install CCTV

CCTV is a great way to deter opportunists, especially if you feature it on the outside of your property where it’s clearly visible. Trespassers are less likely to attempt a break-in if they can see an external security camera.

CCTV being fitted on a wall

Technology has improved in recent years, so CCTV is cheaper to buy and easier to install than ever. It’s simple to make your place safer with the addition of a single night-vision camera that’s connected to your smartphone. If you’re already kitted out with a smart home setup, you can integrate a group of top-rated cameras to your network.

If you need advice or help setting up CCTV, find an expert here.

Upgrade your alarm system

If you don’t already have an alarm system, invest in a simple solar or battery powered alarm to reduce the risk of someone breaking in.

Alarm and CCTV system viewed on tablet

If you already have a wired system, but want to feel safer over the Christmas period – connect your alarm to your smartphone, a monitor or camera. Some people don’t like the idea of monitoring their own system, so another option is to upgrade and use a professional service company to monitor your home for you. Doing so can help to take the pressure off while you’re on holiday.

Looking for support? Find a security specialist here.

Check all your locks and windows

It may sound obvious, but it’s worth triple checking that all your windows and doors properly close and lock. Burglars will try their luck, even with the smallest windows. Old locks and windows are most vulnerable, so think about replacing hinges, installing deadlocks and strengthening glass in any doors that feature glass panels.

A five bar door lock

Professional locksmiths and security experts can help you identify weak spots and advise how to protect your home from break-ins.

Find a locksmith or security expert in your area here.

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