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Keeping your home safe this Christmas

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Last Updated: 18/12/2015  
Tags: Keeping Your Home Safe This Christmas

If you are planning on going away for Christmas then you will probably concerned about leaving your home empty over the festive period. According to Aviva, who have based their research over a ten year period, the worst day of the year for burglaries is in November – Bonfire night when house break-ins and car theft spikes. Surprisingly the least amount of burglaries occur on Christmas day and boxing day, however over the Christmas period fire claims worsen up by 120% compared to the rest of the year.

However on the lead up to Christmas it’s best to stay on guard as burglars will target homes which have nicely wrapped, brand new presents under the tree, make sure you take extra precautions when going out on pre-Christmas parties and evenings. Leaving a radio on, or TV and making sure that your lights are on and curtains are drawn will help to give the impression that there is someone in the house.

Make sure that if you are going away over the Christmas period that you do not announce it over any social media channels, thief’s will be on the look out for this, and you won’t be insured by your insurance company if they find out that you broadcasted it over social media. 

If you would like to make your home more secure, here are some of our recommendations:

• Fit a burglar alarm – these are much easier to install and cheaper than they used to be

• Register valuable property at it's free of charge and could deter a thief.

• Fit all of your windows with locks, as well as a 5-lever mortice lock to the front door – this is often considered as standard practice under most home insurance policies – if in doubt get in touch with your insurance company.

• Never leave a spare key in your garden.

• Make sure you keep your external doors locked at all times, even if you are in your home.

• Ask neighbours to watch your house whilst you are away and take in bins.

• Programme a light to come on and off at nighttime.

If you would like some more advice on how you can improve the security of your home, then contact Surrey Police on 101 and ask to speak to your local Crime Reduction Advisor.