The Burglars Who Stole the Magic of Christmas
As a locksmith I am only too aware that the run up to Christmas is peak time for burglaries. November and December are my busiest months. The fact that people have a tendency to buy high price items at this time of year combined with the dark nights make it a lucrative time of year for burglars.
Over the years from my experiences growing up and my experience as a locksmith I have changed my habits in order to prevent Christmas Burglary.
When I was younger my whole family was out for the day and we returned late that evening to find that we had been broken into. They had taken all the little gifts that we had bought from the school fair and made each other from under the Christmas tree. As a child I was upset and thought that was the extent of it but whilst visiting our neighbour I over heard my Dad declaring “…and they stole all the ****ing Santa presents.” I was 7 at the time and as it sunk in the realisation came as a big blow! Those burglars stole the magic of Christmas from me that day.
My 2 children are still true believers and I don’t plan on them finding out the news about Santa in such a brutal way. Of course they can’t believe forever, even though my 9 year old is showing signs that she may do! In the meantime I always take extra precautions in order to prevent any chance of burglary at Christmas.
Some tips to protect your Christmas gifts over the coming weeks;
- Make your home look occupied when you are out.
- Ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your home if you are staying away.
- Keep valuable items out of sight of the windows.
- Close curtains when the lights are on.
- Don’t announce your Christmas presents or movements on social media.
- Turn packaging of a high price Christmas gifts inside out for disposal.
- Follow our Christmas Home Security Tips.
- Follow our Ultimate Burglary Prevention Guide.
This article addresses the issue of protecting your Christmas presents from an insurance perspective. This article has some good tips on how to protect any tech items you may receive as Christmas gifts.
It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of Christmas and throw caution to the wind but a bit of thought about security could save money and avoid disappointment at this high pressure time of year.
If you would like to prevent the likelihood of a burglary this Christmas, or in general I would be happy to advise. If you have any questions about Christmas Security do just ask. If you are unsure about the security at your property we provide a full security survey free of charge.
Wishing you all a Happy and Secure Christmas.
Martin (The North London Locksmith)