How to protect your home from a Christmas burglaries!

Don't fall victim to a Christmas burglary - protect your home this season!

Once your Christmas shopping is all done, and there are carefully chosen presents for all of your loved ones around your tree, surely it’s time to relax and enjoy a mince pie? Not according to a survey by Halifax Home Insurance…

The survey has revealed that home insurance claims for burglary raise by 25% in December, with criminals cashing in on the season of goodwill.

With plenty of small, high-value gifts to make off with, it's the perfect time of year for opportunist thieves. However, there are a few ways you can help make sure that your home, and presents, are kept safe this Christmas:

  • Don’t leave your gifts on show – either in your home or car.
  • If you are leaving your property for long periods in the evening, consider leaving a light on. An unattended house represents an easy target.
  • Don’t leave gifts in sheds or garages. Whilst hiding gifts may help keep Christmas Day surprises away from prying eyes, outbuildings are easy targets for thieves.
  • Twinkling lights make your house look very festive, but make sure that you don’t have to leave any unattended, accessible open windows for cables or power leads – an open window is like an open door for a potential burglar!
  • Once Christmas is over, and all your presents have been happily received, make sure you dispose of the packaging properly! If there is a box for a flat screen TV, an iPad and an Xbox sat in your recycling bin, you are advertising your property as a very attractive opportunity for a post-Christmas visit some unwelcome guests.

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