5 Tips to Deter Thieves this Christmas

10 December 2020

Is your local store playing the Christmas songs in a loop since November? You probably find yourself humming to the Wham! classic: 

Last Christmas I gave you my heart

But the very next day you gave it away.

But, what you may not realise, is that there’s a modern-day version to the song.

Last Christmas, I bought you a gift

But the very next day, thieves took it away.

Thieves, you say, what thieves? Christmas time is the favourite season for burglary and theft because we unknowingly create too many opportunities for them. Here are some tips to keep your gifts safe this year.

#1. Have a security system

Admittedly a security system isn’t just for Christmas. But there’s no better time to deter burglars and keep your home safe. An alarm system can avoid unwanted visitors and prevent intrusions. Additionally, some alarm systems are also directly connected to a smart hub, which means that you can receive notifications directly on your phone. It’s a practical addition so you can react on time when your mother-in-law is about to set up the alarm when you’re out of the house.

#2. Don’t leave garden furniture unattended

Can there be anything more pleasant than enjoying a cozy cocktail under the sun on Christmas day? Our northern hemisphere neighbours tend to gather around the fireplace, but here we can sit back and get a lovely suntan for Christmas. It’s the occasion to show off our creative side with festive decor and some comfortable garden furniture, but you’d be surprised to know that garden furniture is a common target for Christmas thieves. So, this year, make sure to keep your Dreamo garden lounge set in the garage when you’re not using it. Don’t leave it unattended!

#3. Invest in a secure parcel box

If you are still receiving Christmas deliveries, the courier can choose to leave your parcel in a “secure” spot when you’re not at home. Typically, that secure spot tends to be the porch, in plain sight. Most people are unlikely to steal your parcel, but it takes only one person to see an opportunity. So, don’t take any chances. You can install a secure delivery box which ensures all your parcels are safely stored. The box can’t be opened without a key or a code once it’s full.

#4. Avoid Christmas shopping rush

This year, staying at home is the safest option. However, if you’ve still decided to head to town for your Christmas shopping, try to stick to a tight schedule. Shopping on busy days can be highly stressful. And when you’re stressed, you tend to be less attentive. Phones, wallets, and handbags tend to be left on counters or tables as you rush to the shops. Not everyone is going to bring those back to you!

#5. Keep the lights on

If you’re going to be visiting your family or spend time away from home, it can be a good idea to use a timer for your plug sockets. This way, you can make sure your home will be lit in the evening. Alternatively, if you’ve got a smart home, you can remotely turn on some lights at night. The idea is to make it look like there’s someone at home.

Don’t give Christmas thieves a chance to ruin the festive season. Be prepared and vigilant for a merry and safe Christmas.

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