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Tips on making your home safer this Christmas

December 18, 2012

With the festive season finally upon us, there are still plenty of things to do to guarantee you have the perfect Christmas. Planning visits to relatives is a great way to make time for your loved ones and ensure you celebrate the festivities well. However, leaving your home for a few days can leave you worried about the safety of your property and your personal belongings.

Burglars know that houses are well stocked full of presents and goodies, and if given an opportunity, won’t hesitate. Don’t give thieves access to your home; lock your doors and windows, hide your presents and lower the risk of your Christmas being ruined. Take a look at our simple tips to make your home more secure and protect your property from thieves.

Christmas Home. Grand Isle, Vermont

Protect your home

Hide your presents in a safe place

After you’ve wrapped all your presents, it’s tempting to put them under the Christmas tree to make the room feel extra festive. However, leaving presents around the house in full sight will tempt thieves. Why not hide them away in a safe place to reduce the risk of a break in? Make sure your curtains and blinds are shut at night and try putting your presents out on Christmas Eve or even early Christmas morning. Besides, if you have a young family, its more exciting for them to see lots of presents appear on the big day!

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Don’t advertise Christmas presents

Keep your windows and doors securely locked

It’s easy to forget to shut windows and doors; however leaving a window open gives burglars easy access to your home. Make sure all windows on the lower levels of your home are securely locked before you leave and especially if you are away for a few days. Why not think about replacing old and outdated locks that can easily be broken by an intruder. Fix a chain to your front door so that if you are not expecting a visitor and the doorbell goes, you can still protect yourself and your home.

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Keep burglars away

Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home

If you are leaving home for a few days to visit family, why not ask a trusted neighbour or friend to keep an eye on your house. If you are taking your car with you, offer your drive to your neighbours to park on; they will probably be grateful for the extra space and it looks like someone is coming and going from your house. You could even ask them to pull the curtains a few times to create some movement to make your house look lived in.

Also, you may want to think about putting a time switch on your lights and radios. With a timer, you can programme when your lights will come on and turn off. Therefore, it looks like you are home when you are not. This is a great way to put off potential burglars.

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Don’t advertise your home to burglars

Visible burglar alarms can be a deterrent to thieves

If you are planning on installing a burglar alarm, you should think about putting it in an obvious visible place on the front of the house. Burglars are more likely to be put off if they can see an alarm as they are more aware of the risk of getting caught.

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Install burglar alarms  

Don’t just make your home safe from burglars; make it safe for your family

It is likely that you will have visitors over the festive period and some of them might have small children. As a result, it is important that you childproof your home to reduce the risk of accidents to the younger members of your family.

If there is a risk that the Christmas tree might tip over and hurt someone, secure it to the wall or put a safety gate up. If you are going to light candles keep them well out of reach and remember to blow them out before you go to sleep.

Watch out for packaging. Your daughter might be really thrilled with her new doll, but those twist ties that strapped it to its box are a choking hazard. Remember to tidy any wrapping paper and packaging away.

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Remove all hazards

Have a wonderful safe Christmas and don’t advertise your house to thieves!

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