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December 7, 2015
Let’s Prevent Christmas Theft This Year

Keep your presents safe this ChristmasChristmas is a magical time of year, especially when there are excited children eagerly awaiting Santa’s arrival! But what would happen if you became a victim of Christmas theft? It’s something none of us want to consider, but we should if we want to prevent it happening to us.

Burglaries throughout this festive time do happen; it’s a fact and it’s heart-breaking for the people who become the victims of Christmas theft. One of the most obvious places for thieves to look for goods they can steal is in parked cars. Whether on your drive, at work, on the street, in a multi-storey car park – if you’ve got goods on display in your car, you’re at serious risk of losing them and having a smashed car window to boot.

Protect Presents in Cars

If you have to leave presents in your car, make sure they’re securely placed in your boot and covered by your parcel shelf. If you haven’t got a parcel shelf but still want to leave presents in your car, cover them completely with rugs or dust sheets and don’t make it obvious that there are goods hiding beneath them.

Don’t leave Packaging in View

It’s not just cars that thieves target at this time of year; they also tend to take a keen interest in your rubbish too. We throw away plenty of packaging at Christmas, and thieves are quick to spot what might be inside our homes based on the boxes they see by our bins. Whatever size box your goods come in, break the packaging down and throw it away in your recycling bag or bin so it’s much harder for people to spot.

Keep Windows and Doors Shut

We know this sounds obvious, but people can get so excited about Christmas that sometimes they lose sense of potential security risks. Please remember to keep your doors and windows shut and locked, especially when you’re not in the same room. Whatever you do, do not feed Christmas lights through open windows; buy battery operated exterior lights or install outdoor electrical sockets.

Make your Home look Occupied

We stress this throughout the year, but to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of Christmas theft, it’s worth investing in timer switches if you haven’t already done so. Timer switches can be used to turn your lights, radios, TVs etc. on and off, which fools potential criminals in thinking you’re at home.

Stay Smart on Social Media

We know how tempting it is to shout from the rooftops about your Christmas plans – you’re excited and you want to share that excitement with family and friends. The problem is, you never know who’s looking. Telling people where you are on social media gives potential thieves an opportunity to break into your home, knowing it’s empty. Is telling the world where you are worth the risk?

We certainly don’t want you to spend the festive period worrying about Christmas theft, but we do advise you to bear these points in mind as a preventative measure.

If you’d like to know more about how you can secure your home or tighten up your business’ security, we’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to browse our site and contact us on 01908 483233, 01205 449399 or by email at info@lockedandsecure.co.uk.

Here’s to a very happy and safe Christmas!

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