10 Christmas Home Security Tips – Keeping Your Home Safe This Festive Season

Christmas is a time of joy, but it can also be a time for opportunistic thieves to strike. As the festive season approaches, you may be thinking about ways to make your home more secure.

Doing so will not only make you and your family feel safer, but it could also save you money. So, if you want to keep your home secure this Christmas season you’ll want some tips from the pros. As experts in home security systems, we’ve compiled our top ten Christmas security tips.

1. Secure Doors & Windows at all times

The most common way for burglars to break into homes during the festive season, or any time of year for that matter, is by entering through an open door or window. That’s because people can be so distracted by the hustle and bustle of Christmas they leave doors unlocked or windows open to let some air in. It’s essential to check your home is secure before you go out at night.

If you’re adding Christmas lights to the outside of your home, don’t be tempted to feed the cable through an open window. Make sure windows are closed, no matter what. Ideally, use an outdoor plug or feed them through a secure gap for example in an air brick.

If you want extra peace of mind, you could invest in smart window locks or keep an eye out for products that improve the security of your doors and windows. Our door & window contact sensors will let you know if you’ve left a door or window open when you arm your system to go out.

2. Pay Attention to Your Christmas Lights

Christmas lights are a popular decoration for houses. However, if you’re leaving your home unattended at night, it’s best to either turn these lights off or make sure they are on a timer. That way, burglars can’t tell whether someone is in the house and maybe less tempted to break in. Why not use a smart plug and you can control them from anywhere? Or link your smart plug to Boundary using Samsung SmartThings so the lights turn off automatically when you leave home and arm your alarm?

3. Dispose of Packaging

Before you go to bed at night, it’s a good idea to ensure that any shopping packaging is disposed of properly. You should do this for a couple of reasons. First, because bins are a popular place to leave gifts and thieves will often poke around unsecured bins hoping there is something valuable inside. Secondly, if they see packaging lying around they will know exactly what’s inside and worth stealing!

To keep your house secure during the festive season, put all your rubbish in a secure bin that closes or break down into pieces and put in a bag that is tied up.

4. Avoid Visible Gifts Under the Tree

Christmas is about spending time with family and friends, not worrying about whether your home has been burgled. For good reason, many people choose to put their gifts out of sight, rather than under the tree in the run-up to the big day.

With nothing on show, there’s nothing to attract a burglar’s attention. However, if you do want visible presents under the tree, it’s a good idea to keep the number limited. The rest can appear magically overnight on Christmas Eve.

5. Keep Large Sums of Cash in Your Bank Account

Money is a popular choice for many Christmas gifts. However, if you are giving out cash, it’s best not to keep this at home.

We’d recommend keeping cash gifts in the bank account, perhaps writing a note of promise, or only taking out your money at the last minute, so it’s not laying around the house. It’s a prime time for burglars and if they break-in, that money could disappear before you know what’s happening.

6. Install/Use Security Systems

Another way to make sure your Christmas isn’t ruined by burglars is to install a robust and reliable security system in your home.

The Boundary system uses intelligent sensors to detect burglars and gives you full smartphone control.

  • Arm and disarm from anywhere
  • Real-time alerts if your alarm is triggered
  • Seamless integration with 1000s of other smart devices around your home including smart speakers, Philips Hue and Sonos.
  • Plus a range of monitoring options and monthly plans including police response (coming soon).

7. Team Up With Your Neighbours

If your neighbourhood or community has a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, then it’s worth joining. It’s a great way to get to know each other better in case anything happens. We’ve partnered with Neighbourhood Watch Scotland, to share news and advice on staying safe.

If you do plan on going away over Christmas, make sure you let your neighbour know in advance so they can keep an eye out for any suspicious activity around your home.

8. Keep Calendars Away from Windows

Keeping your home secure during the festive season doesn’t just mean locking doors and windows. It’s best to avoid leaving things near windows that might let criminals know when you’re likely to be out.

For example, if it’s December and you’ve got a calendar with Christmas travel on it that’s visible through the kitchen window showing when you’ll be away from home over the festive period.

Keep your calendars out of sight, away from windows, and private online, so potential thieves don’t have access to this information.

9. Prevent Letterbox Fishing

The festive season brings a flurry of letters and cards. Some burglars go letterbox fishing – sticking their hands into open letterboxes, just to see if they can grab hold of any post. If you’re expecting cards or gifts, there can be a lot to lose. Consider installing a letterbox guard.

Not only that, but if you’re going away, a build-up of post can alert burglars that you’re not there. Consider asking a friend or neighbour to collect your mail for you during the festive period so the growing pile isn’t on display.

10. Watch What You Post on Social Media

It’s not just your physical security that you should think about during the festive season, but also your online security. For example, if you have an Instagram or Tik Tok account, don’t let everyone know where you are on Christmas Day. Posting about your travel plans can alert would-be burglars to an empty house. Remind your teens not to post about being away. You never know who is making notes.

The Boundary Home Security System Keeps You Safe This Christmas

 

Whether you’re at home or away this Christmas, Boundary offers you the protection you need for the festive holidays and beyond. And you never know – perhaps some of the smart devices waiting for you under the tree this Christmas Day will be ones you can integrate seamlessly with your Boundary system to make everyone feel a little safer.

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