The countdown to Christmas has officially started and it’s safe to say we’re all looking forward to celebrating this year more than ever, especially after the past 18 months or so.

It’s likely that you’ll have travel plans, be staying with family or visiting friends over the holiday season. With this in mind, it’s important to think about how to keep your home safe and secure while you’re not there. We’ve put together some security tips to protect your home and give you some peace of mind.

Top tips to keep your home secure this Christmas

1. Don’t leave Christmas gifts on display

If your Christmas tree can be seen from outside your house, make sure any presents are hidden from view under the tree. Wrapped presents are tempting to a potential burglar, so make sure to keep your gifts safe.

2. Set up lights on a timer

If you are going to be away over the Christmas period or will be home late after it has got dark, set up your lights on a timer. A dark house is a clear sign that there is no one home, especially over the festive season when many houses are usually lit with Christmas lights and decorations.

3. Secure your doors and windows

Before you leave the house, double-check that your doors and windows are fully closed and securely locked.

All of our windows:

  • use Yale hardware locks and hinges
  • have multi-point, espagnolette, or shoot-bolt locking handles

Our PVCu windows are reinforced with steel and internally glazed ensuring that the glass cannot be removed from the outside.

All our doors:

  • have Ultion high-security cylinders
  • Fuhr multi-point locking systems
  • are made with reinforced steel and are fully welded
  • are internally glazed
  • use toughened glass

to keep your home secure and lower the risk of break-ins.

Remember –  never leave your door or windows keys in the locks or in view.

4. Install smart security systems

There are many options on the market now for smart home security systems – from doorbells with security cameras, to alarm systems and motion sensors that connect to your smartphone..

If you’re not ready for a full system yet, why not consider starting with a smart camera in your home over Christmas to give you extra reassurance.

5. Don’t tell people online that you are out

Many of us love sharing photos during the holidays on social media but think twice. Never tag your location or make it obvious you aren’t home to those online. Why not wait until you are home to share what you are up to.

Merry Christmas and a big thank you

As this is our last article of 2021, we want to take a moment to wish all of our customers, partners, and suppliers a very merry Christmas and say thank you for being a part of our year.

It’s been another one of uncertainty but we are looking ahead with positivity to 2022. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year!