As the days are shorter and the nights are longer, it’s now more important than ever to keep your home safe. One of most common times for burglary is around Christmas and with more criminals on the lookout for homes full of valuable Christmas presents, you’ll want to ensure you’re stepping up your security too.
Although we’re less likely to be out of our homes this year than in previous years, it’s still crucial to avoid some common security mistakes and try to deter criminals from choosing your house to steal from this Christmas.
Whilst installing top notch security systems undoubtedly help, there are also many simple and practical ways to secure your house. Take a look at some of our top tips to keeping your home and valuables safe throughout the festive season:
When we buy Christmas gifts we think about how our families will react when they see them, not how to keep them hidden from unwanted eyes. Christmas is one of the most expensive times of the year, with the average Brit spending £346 on presents alone. If you’re leaving your home for an extended period of time or even when you’re heading to bed, make sure all valuables are out of sight behind curtains and blinds so they can’t be seen by potential thieves.
Technology has evolved over the years and it’s now so much easier to install security cameras which blend in with your home. This is a great way to keep your home safe and deter thieves from entering your property.
Modern cameras, such as the Ring Door View, are an excellent choice as they have motion sensors to capture footage and send alerts when triggered. Another great camera to consider is the Ring Floodlight Camera, with features including a 270-degree view, built-in object and person detection and lights which act as a powerful deterrent.
Indoor cameras are also a great way to monitor activity taking place within the home. You’ll want to make sure that you get a camera which is non-intrusive and doesn’t look out of place. A great camera to choose is the Swann Indoor Security Camera which is powered by WiFi and can send a notification if it picks up a loud noise within the house.
Whilst not always the cheapest option, security cameras are one of the best ways to keep your home safe at Christmas.
Add Security Grilles
Security grilles are a great way to add a simple and unobtrusive barrier to small areas such as windows. Designed to be fitted inside the house, security grilles create an extra barrier which can deter potential intruders or help to stop them from entering your home. You can fold them away discreetly behind curtains or blinds when they’re not in use.
Designed to blend into the aesthetics of your home and provide strong protection, adding security grilles is an excellent way to secure your home.
Keep Windows and Doors Locked
Your windows and doors are less likely to be open and unlocked during the winter months but it’s important to double-check them when leaving the house. These are the vulnerable points which opportunistic thieves will try first, and one simple oversight could cost you Christmas presents and valuables.
If there is a window that you haven’t opened since summer then it can’t hurt to lock the window. Another great way to ensure that no one enters the house is to add additional security alarms to your windows.
So there you have it our list of some of the best ways you can protect your home from potential intruders this Christmas. Are there any other ways that you can think of? Let us know on our social media channels.