Make Santa the Only Surprise Visitor to your Home this Christmas
14 November 2011

Make Santa the Only Surprise Visitor to your Home this Christmas

Christmas should be a time for fun and celebration, so fire and security solutions provider ADT has issued a list of top tips to remind people of the simple steps they can take to help keep their homes and loved ones safe over the festive period.

At a time when the winter nights are at their longest and many families leave their homes for the Christmas break, there is an increased risk of burglary and vandalism. The cold weather means people tend to stay indoors, so relying on neighbours to keep an eye on your home can be more difficult.

Hana Shackleton, ADT’s Home Security Marketing Manager, says: “At this time of year, the cold weather and long hours of darkness can be used as cover for opportunistic criminals who know that many homes will be empty, or full of Christmas gifts. Research conducted for ADT by research agency GFK shows that more than two thirds (69%) of homeowners feel there is an increased risk of personal attack related to burglary today compared to 10 years ago. With this in mind, and the fact that crime figures have risen across the country over the last 18 months, it is all the more important to take some simple steps to protect your home this Christmas.”

By following these simple steps in ADT’s Christmas ‘Safe and Secure’ Checklist, you can help to protect your home and family over the festive period:

Ask a trusted neighbour or friend to keep an eye on your home if you are planning to go away.
Use timer switches on internal lights to create the impression that someone is at home.
Ensure that no valuables or Christmas gifts are kept in sight of windows.
Do not leave answer phone messages indicating that the house will be empty for an extended period of time.
Prune trees and shrubs so neighbours can notice suspicious activity more easily and reduce cover for intruders.
Close and lock doors, windows and pet flaps. Never leave door keys under a doormat or pot plant outside (even for Santa).
Never leave garages or sheds unlocked – not only do you risk losing your property, but you are supplying the burglar with the tools to break into your house.
Fit security lights to both the front and back of the property.
Use a security marker pen to mark your postcode on your household property – this will enable the police to return any stolen items to you.
If you have a monitored home security system, make sure it is working properly and remember to set it. If you do not have a monitored alarm, consider having one installed because they are an effective deterrent to burglars.
Don’t overload power sockets and ensure electrical appliances, such as Christmas decorations, are working safely.
Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and test them to ensure they are working properly.

For more tips on how to keep your home safe click here,

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