Christmas for crooksPosted on: 08 December 2015 by Gareth Hargreaves
Christmas offers rich pickings for thieves - so don't enter into the festive spirit and help them.
At this time of year criminals are all too ready to take advantage of the long dark evenings, our houses stocked with expensive presents and the likelihood that many homes will be empty for long periods as we spend time away visiting family and friends.
If you are going away over the festive season, there are steps you can take to minimise the risk of your house being burgled:
Fit timer lights, (preferably one upstairs and one downstairs), set to come on at 4pm until late. The key time for burglars is between 4 and 7pm.
Leave a radio on in the house.
Most burglars enter properties from the rear so ensure that all side gates and fencing are secure and locked.
Have movement sensor lights fitted outside the house (front and rear) which will floodlight your property should a would-be intruder approach.
Ideally fit an approved burglar alarm but at the very least have your doors and windows fitted with good locks.
Make sure that your pile of presents is not visible from the outside; it could attract an opportunist thief and mark any valuable items with a UV pen; this will make them easier to trace if they are stolen.
Remember to cancel the milk and newspapers if you are going to be away for a few days.
A stack of boxes put out for the dustman will advertise the fact that you have a new computer, video, music system etc, so ensure that these are kept out of sight.
Ask a trustworthy neighbour to keep an eye on your property while you are away and to draw the curtains at dusk.
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