Avoid a nightmare before Christmas by prioritising your winter home security
For those who celebrate, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. From Christmas work parties, festive meals out with friends and even an afternoon of visiting Santa with the kids, there are many occasions when we head out of the house to enjoy the festivities of the season.
But with statistics often revealing a spike in burglaries over the winter months, and more recent figures from the Office for National Statistics suggesting that three in five burglaries occur during the hours of darkness or during dawn or dusk1, now is the perfect time for a home security upgrade.
So, what steps can you take to ensure you and your family don’t have a nightmare before Christmas? The home security experts at Yale have shared their top tips for a fuss-free festive season, so you can protect what matters most to you when you leave your property, ‘home alone’.
Step 1 – Securing the front of your home
This National Home Security Month, we’ve regularly highlighted how important it is to ensure your front door security is up to scratch. With statistics showing that this part of the home is the most vulnerable to opportunist attacks, it’s essential that you have all the necessary home security measures in place to prevent you from being a target.
With our advice throughout this year’s campaign suggesting you should opt for a lock upgrade to that of a 3 Star Cylinder option, over the festive period, we’d also recommend lighting up your home.
With the afternoon’s being plunged into darkness throughout the festive season, security lighting is not only a festive addition to the front of your home but keeps your entrance in full light to stop opportunists lurking in the shadows. Burglars don’t want to be caught red-handed, so will avoid well-lit homes in replace of those that they can easily scope out undetected.
Step 2 – Protect those parcels
When we’re out and about enjoying all the festivities the season has to offer, we can often forget about those many Christmas deliveries that will be landing on our doorstep. With a well-lit entrance space, if we’re not in to collect our parcels and these are left in an obvious location, Christmas will have come early for opportunists in your local area.
And with around 7.5 million parcels being lost or stolen since the start of lockdown last year2, we wouldn’t want those well-thought-out Christmas gifts being taken, would we? Well, here’s your answer to protecting your parcels; the Smart Delivery Box.
The Smart Delivery Box has been designed as a perfect solution to protect your deliveries and ensure they are kept in a safe place when you’re out and about, preventing them from being misplaced, damaged or, in the worst-case scenario, stolen.
And as we start stocking up on stocking fillers and making sure we get everything on our Christmas lists, the Smart Delivery Box can help you to avoid a ‘nightmare before Christmas’ by keeping your parcels safe until you return home.
Step 3 – Better ‘safe’ than sorry
Once you’ve got all those parcels safely delivered via your Smart Delivery Box, it’s important that you keep them safe whilst they’re in your home too.
A maximum security safe is the perfect option for inside your home, allowing you to store any valuable gifts to keep them not only under wraps ahead of the Big Day, but also ensure they are secured in case your home is targeted by burglars.
Step 4 – Keep your present under wraps
If you love the tradition of putting your Christmas gifts under the tree, then you may also be enticing burglars to target your home.
If your Christmas tree is positioned near a window, then bright lights will show any passing opportunists that you have an array of treats lying under the tree, and they could make a beeline for your festive treats.
We’d recommend storing them securely in a safe, as per step three, or keeping them hidden away in a spare room or wardrobe, to ensure they’re not in plain sight.
And when it comes to the Big Day itself, there are a few things you can do to prevent your home from being on a burglar’s watch list. If you’re one for sharing your wares on social media, we’d remind you to think twice before pressing ‘post’.
If your social media security settings aren’t up to scratch, local opportunists could be scoping out the jewellery, electronics and other expensive treats you had for Christmas from the comfort of their own home, knowing that entering your home would be a festive treat for them.
Step 5 – Step up your home security
And to stop those criminals looking to enter your home over the festive season, you could also look to step up your home security with the addition of a smart home alarm.
Smart alarms are a great way of allowing you to check in on your home from anywhere in the world via your smartphone, monitoring any motion in or around the home via real-time alerts and notifications.
So, if you’re spending Christmas away from your home, whether that’s on holiday or at a friend or family member’s house, then you can always keep an eye on any motion in your home and will ensure you won’t have any nasty surprises when you return.
And if you need more help and advice on how to secure your home this Christmas and beyond, be sure to visit www.yalehome.co.uk.
1This Is Money, 2021