Happy Christmas Home Security Tips
Christmas is fast approaching and before we know it will be here. People are already getting immersed in creating impressive Christmas displays, buying presents and planning Christmas celebrations with friends and family. With all of this happening it is easy to lose sight of the importance of Christmas home security.
Why Does Christmas Home Security Advice Differ?
Christmas is a time when we need to become especially vigilant because burglars are particularly active. However it is also a time when many people become less vigilant due to the unpredictability and busy nature of the Christmas season.
This is probably the one time of year when collectively we are at our most generous and most likely to treat others or ourselves to high value goods.
In the run up to Christmas we busy ourselves with socialising and shopping. Many choose to spend Christmas with relatives or to go on holiday to get away from it all. Empty properties offer a tempting window of opportunity for the festive intruder!
This article tells of unfortunate case of burglary on Christmas day.
Alcohol consumption tends to increase at this time of year which can cause people to let their guard down.
Home security in the UK should become a priority for all home owners with burglary rates at this time of year reaching higher levels. Click here for crime in your area.
According to crime statistics Home Burglaries in Barnet are significantly higher in the winter months.
Why do burglars like Christmas?
- High value easy to sell items are readily available
- Many properties are empty for the festive season
- Its dark so they can work unnoticed
Please look at our detailed guide of tips on how to prevent burglary throughout the year. It is important to recognise that burglary prevention becomes even more significant at Christmas.
This may give you some food for thought when it comes to Christmas security ideas;
How to Make Your Home Secure This Christmas
The IKS Locksmiths Christmas Alphabet
C is for Check our security guide so your property’s safe,
H is for Have your neighbours keep an eye on your place,
R is for Remember not to publicize your plans,
I is for I must remember to cancel the milkman,
S is for Security’s top despite how much port I drink,
T is for Time to hide your valuables don’t you think,
M is for Make the packaging small and very discreet,
A is for A lock that’s secured could avoid a call to the police,
S is for Security Survey it’s free with IKS,
Do these things and you will have your safest Christmas yet!
Last Christmas we had a customer who was having problems finding an emergency locksmith in Enfield. It can be difficult to find a locksmith round the Christmas period because they can get very busy and some are not offering a 24/7 Christmas service as we do at IKS Locksmiths. This particular customer had been at a Christmas party with his family and an intruder had gained access through a window and stolen all the children’s Father Christmas presents just 2 days before Christmas day! Not only that, they stole all the Christmas presents from below the Christmas tree that the children had bought for each other. They were of no value to the intruders but the children were very upset. This customer has now had security grilles installed on the windows of the property.
It is a good idea to ask a locksmith for an estimated arrival time, particularly round the busy Christmas season. Otherwise you could end up waiting hours for the locksmith to arrive! It is advisable to have the phone number of a trusted local locksmith stored on your phone in case of an emergency. This will help you save time and avoid a potential rogue locksmith. This is our guide showing how to choose a trustworthy, local locksmith. It will help you avoid the many pitfalls when choosing a locksmith.
You can expect a locksmith round the Christmas holidays to cost more, particularly on bank holidays, in the evenings and at night. It is advisable to choose an MLA locksmith to avoid those who are trying to take advantage. It is also worth shopping around.
IKS Locksmith offer a free security and would welcome the opportunity to give you Christmas home security advice or general home security advice and answer any questions you may have.