Tuesday, 22 December 2020
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And what’s not to love? You can indulge in festive treats, such as mince pies, Christmas cake and mulled wine; exchange gifts with friends and family, and spend quality time with your loved ones. But it’s a joyous occasion for thieves too.
At Christmas time, our homes are often filled with gifts, gadgets and delicate pieces of jewellery which makes them hotspots for burglars. Therefore, it’s essential that we don’t let the most basic security standards slide and keep our homes secured against burglars.
Here we offer a few simple tips to help you protect your property and possessions over the holiday season:
Keep items hidden
Whilst some people love surprises, others are naturally curious and can’t help but snoop and find out what they’ll receive on the big day.
As lovely as it is to see beautifully wrapped presents under the Christmas tree throughout December, you want to make sure that they are kept out of sight of prying eyes – and it’s not just inquisitive family members who you need to be worried about…
Whether you’re the lucky recipient of a designer handbag, the latest gadgets or sparkling diamond earrings, it’s crucial that you don’t advertise your gifts on social media (as much as you are itching to show everyone!). And never leave product packaging on display or sticking out of your wheelie bin. Burglars are savvy. They will take any opportunity to get into your property and steal your lavish gifts without a second thought.
Don’t leave notes for couriers
After shopping for bargains in the Black Friday Sale, the chances are you’ve made a few online purchases, right? Given an increase in orders, companies may take longer to dispatch your items. Depending on your job and working hours, this might mean that you’re not in when the courier arrives at your door.
However, you should never tape a note to your front door telling the delivery person where to leave your parcel, i.e. ‘in the porch’ or ‘in the garden shed’. Not only are you inviting thieves into your property – letting them know nobody is home – but you’re telling them where to look for your new buys.
Most couriers today provide tracking information via email or SMS. They usually give you an option to specify a safe location or to rearrange delivery for another day if you’re not in. This is far safer than sticking a paper note on your door!
Secure your doors
It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities – with Christmas songs on repeat, loads of party games and tasty food and drink, everywhere you turn – but you mustn’t forget to keep your property secure. And the best place to start is by locking your doors.
It may seem a tad too obvious, but thieves are opportunists and won’t think twice about trying the door handles and checking for windows that are left open. The easier it is for them to get in, grab what they want, and leave, the better.
Be sure to check your door locks regularly and make sure that they are up to scratch. If you haven’t done so in a while, now is the ideal time. If you spot any defects, or you fancy upgrading your existing locks, check out our extensive range of door locks today, here at LockShop Direct.
If you would like to know more about how you can prevent burglars spoiling your Christmas, feel free to call 0330 174 0851. Although we specialise in door locks, we also stock a range of smart security products, including CCTV kits, video doorbells and motion sensors, which can help you to keep a watchful eye on your property even when you’re not home.
Author: Richard Nash
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