At the festive period we tend to be full of Christmas spirit as we buy lots of nice presents for our family and friends, but how do you make sure that those presents are safe in your home?
As Christmas gets closer thieves take advantage of the fact that we are all Christmas shopping and our houses are left unattended, often for quite a long time.
Not only do they take the gifts we’ve spent time choosing for family and friends but often ransack the house, leaving us to deal with the mess they leave behind.
No one likes the thought of an unwanted, uninvited visitor wandering around their home and this often leaves more of a mark on the householder than the actual theft itself.
So how can we make sure our home stays safe over Christmas time? UTCT have put together some helpful tips to help keep your home safe.
1. Get a security camera for your home: Getting a security camera for the inside of your home is a great way to deter thieves. Make sure to put it in sight so anyone looking in your windows will see the camera. The TP-Link TL-SC2020 Network Security Camera is the ideal solution for your home. Putting a few of these around the house will not only put your mind at ease knowing your house is safe but you can log in at anytime and check your home.
After a hassle-free installation, you can view and control the camera from a web browser, bundled software or compatible smart phone. Multiple cameras can be managed at the same time using the surveillance software which comes with the IP camera. It also allows you to view up to 16 cameras on one screen and you can also archive streaming video and audio straight to your hard drive for even more peace of mind. The camera’s intelligent motion detection function can notify you via email or upload images to FTP when events triggered motion is detected.
2. Don’t advertise your home to burglars on social media: Putting up on any social media when your home is going to be empty is a no-no as this tells burglars that the house is unattended. Don’t upload pictures of any of the Christmas gifts that you have bought as it gives thieves a catalogue of your shopping and which houses to visit just by going onto your Facebook profile.
3. Festive lighting: You may think that running a few lights outside is perfectly safe, and it is, providing you don’t feed extension cables through partially opened windows. Criminals know to look out for this.
4. Be careful when you throw away your old gift packaging: When we get our rubbish collected over Christmas and New Year, the dates and times often change due to workers getting time off. Check with your local authority, before the holidays start, when your refuse will be collected and don’t put your gift packaging out until just before it gets collected. Packaging left out early gives unwanted visitors (thieves) information about the expensive gifts you received at Christmas and can be found in your home.
5. Keep your curtains, drapes and window blinds closed at night: This not only makes your home feel cosy but also ensures that any valuable items are kept out of sight. Get some timers and place them around your home to give the illusion of someone at home when you’re out.
6. Protect your Identity: When you have old gift receipts that you are finished with after Christmas, make sure you shred them before you throw them out. Keep the warranty details you want to keep stored away safely.
7. Don’t hide spare keys under rocks, plant pots or doormats: Burglars know that the preferred place to store a spare key is under rocks, in flowerpots or above door ledges. Instead give a spare key to a trusted neighbour.
8. Don’t post your family name on your postbox or on your house: A burglar can call directory assistance to get your telephone number and then call your home from the front of your house to confirm you are away.
9. Don’t leave a message on your answer phone to say your away for the Christmas holidays: This is ideal for a burglar as they know that no-one will be in the house for quite some time and means they have plenty of time to ransack your home.
10. Check your windows and locks for weak spots: Installing a few dead-bolts and new window hinges isn’t too expensive and could increase the security of your home.
What tips do you use to keep your home safe over Christmas? Comment below and let us know.