Christmas is only a few weeks away and unfortunately this means that there is more and more crime happening and thefts in residential areas. People know that it’s time to do Christmas shopping and that homes will have extra items laying around somewhere. With that in mind you might want to do a few things to make sure your home is safe at Christmas.
Leave the lights on
Thieves tend to target homes when they think no one is homes and darkness is usually one of the first signs they look for. You can help to deter burglars by keeping more lights on around the house. Hallway and living rooms lights make people outside thing that either someone is home or still awake if it’s nighttime and would be less likely to target this house compared to one that has no lights on.
Be careful with recycling
We all leave our bins out to be collected on certain days of the week and sometimes, especially with recycling, we can have a bit of an overspill. On the run up to, and around Christmastime, it’s really important to be careful with what you leave out near your bins. You don’t want to leave the box that a new bike or TV came in or something similar. This only shows people what you have been buying and ‘advertising’ that you have expensive goods in the house.
Stay off social media
We all work hard to be able to afford the Christmas presents we buy and it’s easy to want to show off what our children have got for presents, or what we have got ourselves. Social media is the quickest and easiest way to do this but much like the recycling, it’s a way of showing other people what is in your house. A new PS5 or Nintendo Switch might be really exciting but try to hold back from showing it off.
Presents under the tree
Putting presents under the Christmas tree looks amazing and it can be really exciting on the run up to Christmas. However, these might be on show from your front window for a lot of people to see as they walk past your house. Not only that but if someone does break in you’re putting everything in one place for them and making it easier for them to take absolutely everything.
Pay cash into the bank
Although most places will take card payments now it’s nice to have a bit of cash to hand for things like tips, paying a window cleaner or paying for a takeaway on a weekend. At any time of the year, but especially around Christmastime, it’s wise to make sure you don’t have excess cash around the house and instead you put it in the bank where it’s safer.