How to keep burglars at bay this Christmas.

Here are some festive tips to ensure you don’t get any unwanted visitors at your home this Christmas. Your home will more than likely be filled with expensive gifts and new gadgets, it’s an ideal time for burglars to pounce.

It’s a perfect time to step up your home security, here are some tips to help you do just that.

It sounds simple but make sure you keep all your presents out of sight, don’t leave shopping bags in the hallway to ‘put away later’. Hide all your gifts in a safe place like in a cupboard or under the bed.

Also, make sure your tree is not visible through the window from the street, especially once you have presents under it. Criminals could be tempted to smash the window and grab the gifts.

If you are planning to go away for Christmas, make sure your home looks lived in. Turning lights on and off can deter burglars, you can purchase timers that will do this automatically for you.

Also, if you have a neighbour you trust, get them to keep an eye on your home, ask them to open and close curtains and check everything looks in order on a daily basis.

Check that you’ve firmly lock your home when you’re coming and going, leaving an open window or door could be an open invitation for criminals. Also, if you are waiting on deliveries and will be out, do not leave a note saying so.

If you’re heading away for Christmas, don’t leave a descriptive message on your answer machine or post on social media that you are going away.

If you are staying at home for Christmas, you should dispose of any packaging discreetly, you don’t want to advertise to the neighbourhood what’s been added to an already festive house.

A burglar will look for an opportunity, keeping windows and doors locked, a light on in the house and keeping expensive items out of view, can reduce your chances of having a burglar ruin your Christmas.

The Park & Bailey team would like to wish you a safe and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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