- Although we love showing off our Christmas trees and our colourfully decorated homes, this can also act as a beacon for thieves ready to take some of your hard earned loot. Close your blinds or partially restrict views into potentially high yield areas inside your home, such as openly visible large flat screen TVs or sound systems.
- If you go out in the evening, leave some lights on, but not your Christmas tree lights as these are a frequent cause of fires.
- If you are going on vacation, put an automatic timer on lights and don’t forget to cancel your paper.
- When the festivities are over, recycle your rubbish and don’t leave boxes in plain sight as burglars wil be on the look-out for top of the range equipment worth breaking-in for!
- Delivery personnel will not ask to enter your home and charity collectors will not be offended if you ask to see their ID.
- If you have a home security alarm system, make using it a priority and be diligent in setting it even when leaving your home to run last minute errands. Also update your alarm system signage to deter thieves and let them know your property is protected, as is the case for commercial security. You can further save on home insurance with significant discounts for homes monitored by a reputable security provider.
Peace of mind at a cost of less than a cup of coffee a day! Wishing you and yours a happy and crime-free Christmas, and a prosperous New Year.