Christmas is a very common time for burglaries. The days are shorter, with darker mornings and nights, many of us go out to visit friends and family, not to mention valuables we can buy as gifts.
An insecure home can make you anxious, unsafe, and stressed out at a time when you want to feel happy and happy. To help you feel more secure this year, the team at www.boundary.co.uk have put together five tips for keeping your home safe while on vacation.
Invest in a good home security system
The most effective way to protect your home during this festive season is to invest in an effective home security system. A good home security system will report legitimate burglary threats, but it should also provide tracking protection, such as automatic police response. A professionally monitored system of a recognizable brand increases the likelihood that your intruder will be initially deterred, causes less damage, and ultimately increases the likelihood of being caught, with a fast and reliable 24/7 response. Look for systems with motion sensors tested to BS EN 50131 and only buy from companies that can offer a Level 2, Police URN installation and that are accredited by one of two industry bodies (SSAIB or NSI) . Only these companies can access the UK Police Force’s highest priority ‘level 1’ response.
Don’t let your house seem vacant
If you are traveling this year, especially for longer periods at a time, it is important to make sure that burglars do not know about it. The best way to do this is to keep your house well lit, so turn on a few lights on a timer around the house before you leave. Another way to do this is if you’re not traveling, leave it parked in your driveway or near your house – this can be a real deterrent to unwanted visitors looking for potential targets. If you are using your car for your getaway, it is worth asking a neighbor, friend or relative who lives nearby to park on your car or near you if possible.
Be careful with your Christmas lights
One of the most common ways to install outdoor Christmas lights is to run the power cable through a slightly open window. In fact, it’s so common for burglars to look for this when looking for a home to target because it’s an easy entry point. Choose lamps that are battery-powered or solar-powered, or that have an outdoor outlet.
Do not keep gifts under the tree
It might not sound very festive, but you really shouldn’t be keeping presents under the tree until Christmas morning. Leaving them out before that will only signal to potential burglars that you have a lot of valuables in your home. It’s best to keep them hidden until the big day, and that also adds to the surprise for your family members.
Keep your gifts off social media
While it is tempting to show your friends and family all of the lovely gifts you will receive this year, you have no idea who else will see these photos. Again, this is a burglar ad so try to wait until you see your loved ones to show them all of your wonderful gifts – it’s a lot healthier anyway.