How to keep your home extra safe over Christmas

You will want to keep your home secure all year round, but the Christmas period often posing an extra threat as robbers will be aware that you will have more valuable items lying around your house ready to wrap up and give on the big day.

Furthermore, you are likely to be out shopping or at a Christmas party at a time, so it is vital to keep your home extra safe around the festive period.

Something which is going to keep you safe at Christmas and the rest of the year is having a monitored security system in place. But there are also serval other things which you can do in addition to this to help to maintain the level of security in your home so that you, your family and all your valuables remain untouched.

Bridging Loans Hub dedicates this guide to help you stay safe this Christmas with these five tips.

Don’t share your travel plans with the world

If you planning on travelling over the holiday period, make sure that you do not spread your travel plans all over the internet. Never post about where you are going, when you are going and when you will be back. This is very useful information for a thief as they will then know when your house is empty.

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Even if you have the highest level of security settings on your social media, it is still not recommended as the information could get out easily – all it takes is a screenshot.

Let a neighbour know you are not home

If you have a trusted neighbour, ask them to keep an eye on your house if you do decide to go away during the Christmas period so that they can report any suspicious activity.

Ideally, it would great if you can rely on a trusted neighbour to pick up your mail while you are away and perhaps even keep your walkway free of snow.

Hide your Christmas gifts

You will want to keep all the Christmas gifts you have bought out of sight of your family anyway, you will also want to make sure that the gifts are hidden from any potential robbers.

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It is appreciated that displaying beautifully wrapped gifts under the tree is great for decoration and creating that Christmassy feel in your home. However, it can act as an open invitation for burglars to enter your home and take them for themselves.

If you want to keep your gifts under a tree, make sure that the tree is away from windows or places which can easily be viewed from the outside.

Don’t forget to consider the packages which you have not yet received. It is not uncommon for thieves to intersect packages or take ones that they see left on porches. If you are not going to be in one day, you should give your delivery driver instructions to leave it in a safe place or with a neighbour that you trust to keep it safe for you.

Be careful with your Christmas lights

Statically, the most fires occur in the month of December and it has been dubbed the deadliest month for electrical fires.

Everyone loves to decorate their homes, both on the inside and on the outside. One of the most common ways of doing so is putting up lights around the house. Before you do so, make sure that you inspect the strands to make sure that there are not any frayed cords or any cracked lamps. If there are, you need to replace any cracked lamps and throw away the strands with frayed cords – this will help to keep you safe from accidental fires.

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Furthermore, you should only purchase lights that have been pre tested and approved by an independent laboratory. To see if this is the case, check the packaging to seek the manufacturer’s name and any more information that you require should be cleared marked.

When you go out or go up to bed, you need to make sure that you have turned off the Christmas lights. You can get lights which work on a timer or a smart outlet. This means that you are plan what time you lights come on in the day and when they turn off at night.