Hurry Down the Chimney Tonight

It does not matter if you are naughty or nice, most burglars are opportunists looking for an easy steal from families distracted by the festive period. There have been a large number of reports of break ins even on Christmas day when burglars have unwrapped presents and stolen them straight from beneath the tree. Before you let Santa come down your chimney this Christmas you can use these simple tips to help reduce your risk of burglary.

  • Lock Up – Whenever you are leaving the house over Christmas, take the time to double check every window and door is locked and secure. A number of burglaries happen when people are too distracted whilst running out the door and forget to lock just one entry. You should also do the same check before you go to bed as burglaries do not just happen when the house is empty.

  • Gifts – It’s not just your family and friends trying to work out what you have wrapped up under your tree. Burglars will look into your home through windows to see if you are an easy target with presents under your tree or within reach of windows and doors. Your Christmas presents should be hidden away in a cupboard right up until Christmas morning and never left in view of prying eyes.

  • Rubbish – There is always a lot of clearing up after Christmas that results in rubbish bags full of packaging and receipts that burglars use to identify what items are within the property. When you are sorting out your bins make sure important information or receipts are shredded. Do not put bin bags or cardboard boxes outside your house until collection day or take it straight to your local waste centre.

  • Carollers – A number of thieves use the festive time to cover up their plans resulting in a number of distraction burglaries. If you are opening your front door to carollers with collection buckets make sure your back door is locked first as sometimes they aren’t legitimately collecting for charity but actually trying to entertain you whilst someone else steals from you through the back garden.

  • Decorations – Christmas decorations can either help or hinder thieves so you have to be careful what you use and where you place them. Lights can be tactically placed around side gates and windows so burglars would be seen if they tried to enter your property when it’s dark. Other outdoor decorations such as nativity figurines or santa stop here signs should not be put in the garden as they can be used to forcefully gain entry to your home.

Remember these tips over the Christmas period so you can ensure your home and possessions are protected. Everyone at Smart wishes you a safe, secure, merry Christmas.

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