There is no getting away from it. Christmas is definitely coming. Christmas decorations, cards and gifts are all over our supermarkets and high streets – not to mention the adverts on TV. However, while we are aware of Christmas, thieves are aware of Christmas too. For many thieves, it is their favourite time of the year. After all, it can be easy pickings!
In fact Christmas is such a popular time for thieves to break in to homes that we have decided to make this a two part blog post. In this blog we look at the rise in crime at this time of year, the importance of leaving lights on and safe parcel deliveries.
Theft in the UK tends to rise in the months of November and December. Maybe you pack your car with presents to take to friends. Perhaps you hide your children’s gifts in the shed, so they can’t find them? Remember to lock your car, shed, garage and even gates where possible. The harder you make it for thieves, the safer your belongings are.
Thieves tend to avoid homes with the lights on as they think someone is home. If you are out carol signing or at a work Christmas party, make sure you leave a light on. Another option is to have your lights on a timer so it looks like someone is home when it gets dark outside. Making it look like someone is home can help to deter thieves from breaking into your home. You may want to consider external security lighting and home CCTV security too.
Christmas is a busy time for many of us. This is why shopping for Christmas gifts online is so tempting. However, online shopping is tempting for thieves too. Your items are delivered to your home, and if you’re not there a thief can take them. We would recommend getting your deliveries sent to a neighbour, work address or delivered to a local collection point if you do not have somewhere safe for them to be stored.
Pop back soon to read our second part of home security over Christmas. In that blog post we look at the security risks of external Christmas lights and much more.