The Festive Season is a special time of the year. In the coming weeks during the build up towards the New Year and Christmas, let’s not forget that it is important to keep your home safe and secure.
Since introducing lockdown measures in Northern Ireland in March overall crime rates have fallen according to PSNI reports.
With the approach of the festive season and darker and longer nights it is worth to make sure that your home is safe and theft proof.
Here is a reminder of some of the simple things you can do to ensure that you and your home will not become a target to any intrusion during the Festive season or ever.
1.Close all windows and doors before you leave the house.
Let’s hope that this year Christmas will be as much as possible a social event when friends and family spend time together.
It makes sense to keep every possible entry closed and locked.
2.Lock tools, garden equipment and ladders in a shed or garage.
These might be very handy and useful tools for any potential unwanted intrusion. It’s best if you keep them out of sight to avoid future disappointments.
3.Don’t leave any gifts or valuables in view next to windows or doors.
Simply close curtains and blinds if you are going to be away from the house. The closer to the door the valuables are, the faster they can be taken. Your best strategy is to put them away.
4. Don’t keep the packaging of electrical items or other expensive gifts outside your house
If you’ve gotten gifts during the holiday season, you may get so caught up with enjoying them that you don’t pay attention to disposing of the packaging.
If you put the packaging out in the trash, which will then be sitting by the curb waiting to be picked up, you’re basically telling the whole world what sort of gifts are inside.
5. Watch out what you post on Social Media
Potential burglars are like hawks on social media. They look through posts seeking out information on the types of gifts people have gotten, or when they plan to leave their homes for Christmas shopping or for vacation.
Take care not to post about valuables that may be in your home under the Christmas tree, or when the house will be empty.
The Festive season is already here. By following these simple steps I hope you will be able to keep your home safe and sound during this special time of the year.