Don’t let burglars steal the joy of Christmas by taking some simple steps to stop them
While statistics show that many burglars take a day off on Christmas Day, when break-ins fall dramatically, thieves are certainly active for the rest of the holiday season.
Many crimes are opportunistic rather than carefully planned, and therefore homes that are left empty when locals are working, on vacation, or visiting friends and family, may present themselves as ideal for burglars, who have the problem. additional benefit of being protected from the dark. starting at 16h. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to protect your home this Christmas and beyond.
* Do not leave Christmas presents under the tree where they are visible through windows / patio doors as this can be a tempting shopping opportunity for thieves. Do not be tempted to route exterior light cables through partially open windows.
* We have reached the peak parcel delivery time and specifying a “safe place” for the delivery driver to leave your goods can be risky, especially if that safe place is the doorstep or anywhere visible . Opportunistic thieves have a blast, and if you’ve specified a safe location and the package is missing, you might not be compensated. If possible, have your goods delivered to a relative or friend who will be there to take delivery.
* If you are going away during the holiday season, even just for a night or a few nights, Police.UK suggests that you make it seem like your house is living there. You should use automatic timers to turn on your lights and radios when it is dark. Cancel any delivery of newspapers or milk and, if you are going for a longer period, use the Royal Mail keepsafe service, which will hold your mail for up to two months while you are away. You can also ask trusted neighbors to open and close your curtains or even park a car in your driveway.
* While it is tempting to share your festive photos on social media, avoid posting anything that suggests you’re on vacation or away from home, as burglars can use the information to their advantage.
* According to Police.UK, homes without security measures are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. If you have sash windows, invest in sash locks. Do not leave any keys in the locks as glass can be broken, keys taken and then used to open doors or windows for entry.
* Criminals break into the house or apartment through the door, either forcing the lock or kicking it. So make sure your doors are solid and secure. Consider installing a bar for added strength; a locksmith can advise you on the best way to do this. For locksmiths licensed by the Master Locksmiths Association, visit www.locksmiths.co.uk
* Glass panels on doors are particularly vulnerable. If you have one on your front or back door, you can replace it with laminated glass, which is stronger. You can also buy shatterproof film that you can stick to the glass to make it harder to break. Purlfrost.com sells it like other suppliers.
* Homes with security systems have been proven to be 300% less likely to be burgled than those without. Consider investing in a visible burglar alarm and CCTV system as they have never been easier to install. Experts are helpful, but you can tinker with it, if you can. Security systems with alarms and with indoor and outdoor cameras that record video when motion or sound is detected are best. Do your homework on the notes and make sure the image clarity is good.
* Don’t forget the garage and outbuildings if you have valuables there. You can buy a custom built shed / garage alarm or a cheap battery operated shed alarm. Anything that makes a loud noise will send a thief running, Police.UK says. Good motion-sensitive outdoor lighting can also be of great help as no burglar likes to be in the spotlight.
* Keep ladders, spades and tools tidy. Don’t leave them easily accessible to the outside where they could be used to break into your home, and don’t forget to secure those sheds and outhouses with locks.
* Be sure to check your home insurance documents to make sure your coverage is adequate and up to date. Police.UK advises that it is useful to mark valuables with your postcode and to file a description and photographs on www.immobilise.com. Immobilise.com is the world’s largest free registry of possession and ownership details and, together with its sister sites NMPR and Police CheckMEND, is a very effective tool to help reduce crime and repatriate recovered personal property. to their rightful owners. Immobilize can be used by individuals and businesses. All recorded items and ownership details of account holders are searchable by the police in the National Police Database, the National Mobile Property Registry.