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Invest in home security this Christmas

There are plenty of home improvements you can make to boost the aesthetic appeal, comfort and quality of a property, but none may be as valuable as investing in security measures.

We understand it will always be more tempting to splash out on that conservatory you have always dreamed of or a brand new kitchen than hiring a tradesman to fit new anti-burglar features. But, in the long run, you could look back and realise what a good move the addition of stronger windows and doors or a new set of locks was. That is because Confused.com has revealed details of all the items that thieves have their eyes on this Christmas, with people’s gifts likely to be an alluring feature of many homes from December 25th.

For example, the most in-demand product is the Apple iPhone or iPad, which is sure to be a popular parcel below the tree for many of you on Christmas morning. Other highly sought-after products include watches and jewellery, other smartphones and laptops and notebooks.

It is worth ensuring these are not left about the house in view of potentially prying eyes. But those of you wanting to go one step further and shore up your address’s security options can do so by hiring a tradesman to fit all the latest devices and improve defences.

Security expert Michael Fraser had some further advice for consumers, stating: “What should you avoid? Well, people tend to love sharing their details via social networking sites about when they are out and where they live! Sharing this information could make you a target.”

Another consideration at this time of year should be the threat of fire, with the Department for Communities and Local Government recently suggesting it is worth paying particular attention to this and making improvements where possible.

If you’re looking for a skilled engineer in your local area, we can help you find one. Post your job on RatedPeople.com and we’ll put you in touch with up to three tradesmen. Read their reviews and ratings online and select the right one for you and your job. That way you’ll know that you’re employing an expert who you can trust.

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