- Long, dark nights;
- Christmas shopping and presents;
- Festive decorations and
- Longer periods of being empty
This combination means that now is the perfect time to review your property’s security. These tips will help you during the festive season – and are great practice for ongoing security:
1. Contents Insurance
Do you have content insurance in place – and does it offer adequate cover for the extra items you may have at home over the Christmas period? Christmas presents can add up in value and are a magnet for thieves. Be careful how you dispose of boxes that advertise what Santa brought for Christmas. As a tenant, you will need to provide your own contents insurance and landlords’ contents insurance usually covers essentials only – such a white goods for example.
2. Don't Advertise When Your Property Is Empty
This is a vital point for social media users. A spokesman for buzzvault home insurance said: “Checking yourself into different locations can advertise to potential burglars when you’re not home. Tagging your location when at home can also give burglars details of where you live. Make sure you also turn off your social media locations feature, as it can reveal your whereabouts when you post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.”
3. Join Neighbourhood Watch
Belonging to your local scheme can offer discounted insurance premiums and the sticker you can place on your window/door can deter burglars. It’s also worth asking neighbours to keep an eye on your property, asking them to make sure that unopened mail is out of sight. A timed light can give the impression that someone is home.
4. Festive Safety
Fairy lights are one of the most common causes of fires in the winter, so make sure they are all switched off and unplugged whenever the property is empty. Also, ensure that all windows and doors are locked and keep valuables out of sight in the window, including Christmas presents.
5. Embrace Technology
A smart video doorbell is a great idea as it lets you view, listen and speak to visitors even when you're not at home. Cameras are also a great way of seeing and hearing what’s going on when you’re away from home. Alarms are also a great deterrent, as in outdoor lighting.
“These are simple steps yet make a huge difference to the safety of your property and your peace of mind,” says Jason Dyer of JTM Homes.
Protecting your property is essential, not just at Christmas but throughout the year. Reviewing your situation now will help you relax and enjoy this Christmas. Enjoy!