Stay Safe this Christmas – Home Safety

With Christmas Day just around the corner and with the presents stacking up under the tree it’s important you know how to keep your home safe. In the fourth and final part of our ‘Stay safe this Christmas’ campaign we would like to remind everyone about home safety over the Christmas period.

West Yorkshire suffered the highest number of reported burglaries over the Christmas period in 2017, this figure reached 1,062, preventing yourself from being one of these 1062, should be of high importance to you and your loved ones.

Burglaries can often increase during the longer darker nights in the autumn and winter months. However, crime prevention doesn’t have to cost a lot of money – taking simple measures such as timer lights, dusk till dawn lights, locking your doors and windows and using your alarm can significantly reduce your chances of being a victim.

 So here is a few top tips to keep your home safe and secure this festive season; 

  • Always lock your doors and windows even when you’re at home, try getting yourself and the people you live with into the habit of locking the door, this takes a matter of seconds but recovering stolen goods can take hours.
  • Installing window opening restrictors have the ability to allow you to ventilate your home, whilst preventing the ability for them to be picked and opened from the outside.
  • Investing in timer light switches can be extremely useful, choosing when the lights turn on and off, can not only save you money on electricity bills but can also keep you and your electrics safe.
  • Keep valuables out of sight of windows, you don’t want anyone doing some window shopping whilst you are out doing your Christmas shopping.
  • Charging cables must be tidied away and unplugged, seeing these can indicate you have several devices in your home, this is can also protect you from possible fire hazards.

If you have burglar alarms make sure that they are switched on when you’re in bed or out of the house, you don’t want to be alarmed in the wrong way this Christmas.

Staying vigilant in your community is a top way of preventing burglary’s, whilst also making sure the need for police is minimal saving yours and their time.

P.S Make sure you keep your Christmas tree watered and if you leave the house don’t forget to turn the Christmas tree lights off.

The ‘Stay Safe this Christmas’ campaign was developed to remind individuals of four aspects of safety over the Christmas and New Year period. Check out our previous articles on Online Safety, Vehicle Safety and Personal Safety.

Have a great Christmas and please, stay safe. 

The ‘Stay Safe this Christmas’ campaign was developed to remind individuals of four aspects of safety over the Christmas and New Year period. Check out our previous articles on Online Safety, Vehicle Safety and Personal Safety.

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