A burglary happens every 40 seconds in the UK, and there are over 1 million burglaries and attempted burglaries every year. You wouldn’t want your Christmas ruined due to stolen presents, so here are some tips on how to keep your home safe during the Christmas period:-
- * Christmas is a key time for burglaries, with many houses full of new & valuable presents. Don’t alert burglars by leaving present packaging outside – put it out of sight.
- * If you can, fit burglar alarms with flashing lights & sounders at the front & back of your property.
- * Even if you’re only going out for a few minutes, check that all doors & windows are properly closed and locked.
- * Don’t leave garden tools outside, keep ladders out of sight & ensure sheds, garages and outbuildings are locked.
- * If you’re going away on holiday, ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your home, take in any milk & newspaper deliveries, & maybe park on your drive.
Don’t let yourself become a victim of a Distraction Burglary, where more than one person calls at your door, trying to dupe you into letting one caller in to burgle you whilst you are distracted by another one.
Don’t leave notes
Don’t leave notes for couriers saying no one’s in. Make sure you’ve sent instructions about where to leave parcels if you’re out.
Keep trees and presents away from windows
Don’t openly display your Christmas tree and gifts in the front window so it’s easily visible from the street. It may tempt burglars to target your home.
Who to contact
Your can contact your local police on 101, or in an emergency call 999.
You can report crime 100% anonymously to us on 0800 555 111 or via our online form.
In the case of fraud, you can also contact Action Fraud.