Going away for Christmas? 3 security tips you need for your home
Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but also one of the most vulnerable for your property. As Christmas present budgets across the UK increase each year, so does the incentive for potential thieves to break into homes and collect valuable items from under the tree. Martyn Foulds of Halifax Home Insurance told This Is Money: “With many people out at Christmas drinks parties not returning home until late at night, it can provide the perfect opportunity for thieves to slip into houses unnoticed and have their way with the rich pickings, likely to be made up of the latest gadgets and expensive accessories.” Direct Line Home Insurance has found that the most festive burglary claims are made on the 5th, 6th, 11th, 17th, and 18th December. To make sure your holiday is not scarred by a Grinch-like thief, we advise that you follow a few extra security precautions. Empty house? Keyholders can help you out Many people will spend Christmas with their families, often travelling far and wide to stay with relatives for a few nights over the festive period. More recently, however, households are opting for a less traditional holiday; over 3.5 million people are expected to head to warmer climates for Christmas and New Year. Both of these trends mean that houses across the UK will be left empty for a short period of time, making them vulnerable to break-ins. Thankfully, a high-security solution to protecting your property during this time is easy to arrange. Our Keyholding service can make prearranged visits to your home while you are away, checking all is well at the property and making small adjustments where necessary to enhance home security, and give an impression of occupancy. CMS Keyholding works all year round to give you peace of mind We know that for most people, the Christmas season is a much anticipated break from work. For professional keyholders, however, we remain on call 24 hours a day, 364 days a year. That means we are ready to handle anything, from alarm response to lockouts on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or even New Years’ Eve. If you don’t want to take up year-round cover, a short-term protection contract for a yuletide holiday is your perfect Christmas package. Other non-keyholding security measures It takes more than just keyholding services to make sure you stay safe at Christmas. Strong locks, home security safes, CCTV, and well serviced alarm systems are incredibly important too. If you are concerned that your home will be at risk during December, consider upgrading your security. Access control systems, for instance, will help make sure only those with permission can enter your property over the holidays. Just don’t secure your chimney too much, or a certain visitor may not be able drop by. For more information on CMS keyholding in your area, or to discuss bespoke contract keyholding services, contact us today.