This time of the year, whether you are looking for houses to rent in Bootle or letting agents in Waterloo to help you rent out your home, Christmas is probably on your mind. After all, the Christmas season is one of the busiest times of the year for all of us.
Let’s be honest, even if you have just moved into a new home in Bootle or Waterloo, you are more than likely trying to get ready for Christmas. You have Christmas presents to buy and you need to plan your Christmas dinner as well.
The Christmas season is the busiest time of the year in the UK and we often try to fit in all sorts of things that we would not normally do.
But, it is not the only the average hard-working person, who is rushed off their feet. During Christmas 2018 UK home burglaries soared and according to the police, the trend is set to continue.
Soaring Christmas Burglaries
Sadly, Christmas burglaries are on the increase nationwide. That includes areas such as Bootle and Waterloo on Merseyside.
There are many reasons why burglaries around Christmas time are on the increase. We are buying more expensive Christmas presents than ever before, and that has made Christmas the opportune time for burglars.
So, what precautions can you take to minimise the risk of a burglary occurring in your home?
How To Minimalise The Risks Of A Christmas Burglary In Your Home
The best way to minimise the risk of burglars coming down your chimney at Christmas, is to combine both low and high tech methods.
Yes, it would be nice to think that no one is going to break into your home this Christmas, but with rising crime statistics, it is always best to take precautions.
Here a couple of tips on how you can make your home safer in and around Christmas time:
Invest In A Burglar Alarm
A burglar alarm is one of the best ways to stop a burglar at any time of the year. Thanks to modern technology, it is now easier to protect and monitor your home than ever before. Most of the time, you don’t need to get one of the top home security companies involved.
Popular websites such as Amazon offer an endless amount of easy to install home safety systems. Many modern alarm systems are easy to set up and come with add-on technology which allows you to monitor them from your Smartphone. An app on your phone quickly alerts you to any problems in your home.
Smart Home security systems are not expensive and will continue to protect your home all year round.
Santa Does Not Help You To Clear Up
Both adults and kids do love leaving Christmas presents lying about the home. The living room is a particularly critical area. Ask any burglar, and he will tell you that leaving stuff out is basically an open invitation.
Most home burglaries do not happen by chance. Burglars are likely to scout an area before they go about their “business”. During the day when you are out taking the dog for a walk, they may even peep in through your windows or letterbox.
They quickly assess what you have in your home, and when they spot some that they like the look of, they will return later.
A good idea is to put away all Christmas presents when you are not in the home. Also, don’t forget to check locks on doors and windows. It is easy to leave a window or back door open unintentionally.
Christmas Wrapping Paper and Card Boxes
It is hard to resist all of those special offers which are available before Christmas. If you find yourself returning home with a new Smart TV, or top of the range games console, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, it is best to dispose of any packaging safely.
That does not mean putting the box it came in out by your wheelie bin. Instead, take any packaging down to the tip right away, or store it away somewhere in your home where it can’t be seen.
Burglaries lookout for everything including large card boxes and accidentally dropped credit card receipts. The small details matter as much as the bigger ones. Don’t only put away your card boxes, make sure you keep your receipts in a safe place.
Are You Going Away For Christmas?
Increasingly more of us go away for a ski holiday or sunshine break in the days after Christmas. If you are planning a break, make sure that your home is safe before you go.
The jury is out on if drawing the curtains is a good idea. However, one thing that can make is a difference, is making your home looks occupied.
Once again, thanks to smart technology, you can now buy systems that allow you to switch on the lights at random intervals. They are not expensive to invest in and are a mix of a low-tech and high-tech way of keeping your home safe.
The idea behind them is to stop a burglary from occurring. The idea is simple, a potential burglar will not be sure if you are home or not.
Another low-tech way of ensuring your home stays that little bit safer over Christmas, is to get your neighbour on your side. Ask your neighbours to take in any deliveries that you may be expecting.
Better still, make sure you don’t have any deliveries to worry about if you are planning on taking a Christmas family holiday.
Updating Your Social Media Status
A surprising number of burglaries monitor social media. Don’t kid yourself that this only applies to high profile celebs, the same is true for the average person as well. The average British home is just as much at risk of being broken into as a celeb’s home.
Try to limit your social media activity in the time leading up to Christmas and during Christmas time.
Yes, you may be excited about that discounted Christmas family break in the Dominican Republic you picked up on Wowcher, but you may not be the only one counting the days until it is time to go. The golden rule is to never post your holiday dates on social media.
And here is another thing you should never do – don’t post images of your expensive Christmas presents. That is just asking for trouble.
That is the best way to enjoy this very special time of the year with your friends and family and keep on rocking around the Christmas tree.