Have a very merry Christmas but don’t invite burglars into your home….

Christmas is a special time of year when friends and family come together to celebrate the festive season.  Sadly, some criminals regard this time of year as an opportunity to exploit people’s vulnerability and break into homes to steal cash, jewellery, credit cards, electronics, children’s gifts and anything else of value that can be sold on for profit. During the festive season home security is paramount.

In the build up to Christmas, the Metropolitan Police have issued photographs of London’s most wanted burglary suspects in a bid to warn the public of Christmas crime. Scotland Yard have also released CCTV images of two men caught stealing presents from under a Christmas tree after they broke into a south London home.

London based security company, Intrepid Risk Management, offers the following home security advice to keep your home safe during the festive season.

  • Always ensure all of your windows are locked and secure; leave a light on and remember to lock your front door, even if you are inside. Always ensure any back gates are locked.
  • Don’t openly display your Christmas tree and gifts in the front window so they’re easily visible from the street. Consider delaying putting presents around the tree until Christmas morning.
  • After Christmas day, don’t leave boxes outside of your home that may advertise your new presents.
  • Never leave keys inside of doors when the premises are unoccupied.
  • Ensure car keys are always kept out of sight.
  • Refrain from letting everyone know that you’re away from home with posts on social media sites.
  • Before leaving your home, double check that all windows are locked, valuables are not on display, all tools are locked away, light timers are set and your intruder alarm system is armed.

Christmas is a very special time of the year for everyone – don’t let those with bad intentions ruin it.