Security tips to keep your home and family safe this Christmas

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The festive season is well and truly upon us and with Christmas just around the corner, it’s the time of year when we can try and forget all that has happened in 2020 so far and look forward to a better 2021.

While this year’s Christmas may be a little out of the ordinary and family gatherings may be kept to a minimum because of coronavirus restrictions, Christmas is still an excuse to spend some time with your nearest and dearest, let your hair down and blow off a little steam.

However, even though party season is in full swing, that doesn’t mean you can afford to take your eye off your home security.

In fact, with extra gadgets and tech coming into your house from Santa Claus, many criminals have a field day around this time of year at properties which are easy pickings.

Figures show that in the UK, domestic burglaries increase by around a third during the festive season. In part, that’s down to the increase in homes lying empty as their occupants attend parties or visit relatives.

While there may not be much of that going on this year, householders may be feeling a little more relaxed about their home security, with around 40% of UK residents failing to check their windows are locked, and 29% not checking their doors before heading out or going to bed.

These basic security errors make it easier for intruders to access your property. The result can be a real nightmare before (or during and after) Christmas.

The effects of a home burglary can be devastating.

It costs time and money to put right, but the emotional impact can be even harder to come to terms with, especially if you lose high-value or irreplaceable personal items which mean more to you than money.

So, if you are gearing up for some festive fun this Christmas, but want to be sure that your home and belongings are safe and secure, then read on for our top tips on boosting your home security at Christmas.

Locks and doors

Prevention is better than cure, that is never truer than at Christmas time.

It’s easier to prevent a break-in from taking place than to put it right.

As we said earlier, a vast number of domestic thefts occur because the intruder could walk in through an unlocked door or gain access through an open window.

So, make sure you double-check that all your locks are working correctly and that you have locked them all when you go out.

This is also a good idea if you are home alone. It’s far easier just to lock your doors and windows than it is to set elaborate traps using children’s toys, like Kevin McCallister did in the movies.  

Lighting

If you live in an area that is dark or isn’t lit up very well, exterior security lighting can help create an excellent visual deterrent.

It will make any potential intruders think twice about entering your property, although it may also make Santa a bit more cautious when trying to find your chimney.

Motion-activated lighting, meanwhile, can give the impression someone is at home, even if you’re not. Again, this is something you can learn from Macaulay Culkin’s iconic character.

Before the big night arrives, check your lighting is working correctly and replace any non-functioning bulbs.

Security Cameras

Smart home alarm systems are more affordable than ever and can provide an excellent layer of extra protection to your home. If you’ve not got one, it isn’t too late to ask Santa for one.  

As well as providing good basic protection, they can be enhanced or expanded to include integrated CCTV for additional peace of mind.

If you’ve already got one, it’s always worth checking in advance to make sure it is working and recording properly. And if you would like to enquire about getting one installed in time for the big day, give us a call without delay.

Alarms

As we’ve said above, a smart home alarm system is one of the best ways of enhancing your home security.

They provide an excellent visual deterrent to anyone thinking of breaking in. You can also get your home alarm system monitored by a security company so that in the event of a break-in, there will be a rapid response by a security guard, increasing the chances of detection. Just make sure you have plenty of mince pies ready for when they arrive.

Window and door security

Installing stronger window and door locks will make it harder for intruders to break in or do damage.

Window grilles can be installed over some of the most vulnerable access points to your home to make them more secure.

New wrought iron gates, meanwhile, are lockable which can help keep any unwanted door knockers at bay.

Neighbourhood Watch

If you have a Neighbourhood Watch scheme or something similar where you live, it’s always worth taking part. Your neighbours will be able to keep you informed of any suspicious-looking activity in your street, and you can also let them know if you see anything untoward. You can always turn a blind eye to the fella in the red suit with the white beard, though.

Security solutions from a Master Locksmith in Nottingham

When it comes to home security, taking care of the basics can go a long way. At this time of year, you may be worrying more than usual about how to keep your home and your belongings secure.

At Grays Locksmiths, we’re here to help.

We’ve been providing trusted locksmith services to the people of Nottinghamshire for more than 30 years.

We are an accredited member of the Master Locksmiths Association and are dedicated to helping all our customers keep their homes, families and belongings safe.

With years of expertise and industry knowledge, all our advice is aimed at making sure you are getting the best security solutions on the market.

So, if you need help to prevent the Grinch from stealing your Christmas, give us a call on 0115 942 2315 or email enquiries@grayslocksmiths.org.