It is estimated that homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with even the simplest measures in place. It is at this time of year, when the nights draw in early, and many of us fill our homes with gadgets ready for Christmas day that burglary rates often rise. In the latest blog post by Broadbents Solicitors, we discuss some measures you can take to make your home more secure this Christmas.
What’s on Show?
Advertising your goods or keys will only serve to make your home more of a target for burglars. When it comes to your keys, be sure to place them somewhere out of site. If you have a key rack, place it away from any doors and out of sight of any windows. Always remember, items may be used through your letterbox to hook your keys from where you’ve placed them, if they are visible.
When it comes to the goods inside your home, be careful with the packaging you throw out. If you’ve recently purchased a new tv or expensive gadget that comes in an obvious box, consider taking it straight to a recycling point. If this is not possible, ensure you fold the packaging discreetly and only place your rubbish outside just before it is due to be collected.
Install Security Features
There are a wide variety of security features on the market that you may consider installing. However, if you’re unsure what will work best for your lifestyle, your home and your requirements, consider obtaining advice from a reputable security company. Popular installations include door cameras that allow you to see who is at your door before opening it, burglar alarms that can be connected to an Alarm Receiving Centre and CCTV cameras.
Christmas Safety Tips: Top Tips
In addition to this above, there are a few more practical elements to consider:
Secure an outside light to the front of your home, this will not only light up the space when you’re outside, but to also deter burglars.
Remove items such as ladders and boxes from outside spaces, these objects can make gaining entry to your home easier.
If you’re going away, ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your home and park their car on your driveway to make it appear as though someone is home.
Store items of high value in a safe.
At Broadbents Solicitors, we hope you have a happy and safe Christmas and have found our Christmas safety tips useful. If you require advice from a trusted solicitor, we welcome you to contact us. Please call us today, or use our online enquiry form and we’ll be in touch shortly.