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Christmas Countdown – Home Security Tips & Special Offers!

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Join us on our Christmas Countdown where we’ll be giving you all of the advice you need to have a safe and secure Christmas. Every day we’ll be giving you another great tip, peppered in with limited time special offers and even more bits of festive fun! So, without further ado, let’s get the snowball rolling! (Sorry)

1 Day to go

Tip: When clearing up after the big day, try to take any boxes from valuable gifts to your nearest household waste site rather than leaving them outside for bin collection, so not to advertise new purchases to potential thieves. If this is not an option, open boxes out and fold them so that the printing is on the inside of the fold, and use duct tape to seal it down before putting them outside.

Cracker Joke: What do you call a little lobster who won’t share his Christmas presents? Shell-fish!

That’s our last festive tip for this year! We hope you all put them to good use, and have a wonderful, safe Christmas.

We’ll see you all in 2014!

2 Days to go

Tip: Homeowners should make sure they have adequate home insurance so that lost items can be replaced in the event of a burglary. Don’t delay in contacting your insurance company about any new gifts which may need to be added to the policy (such as bikes, electrical goods or jewellery) after Christmas. You should also be aware that having an intruder alarm installed in your home by an NSI Gold Approved company (such as ourselves) can save you up to 7.5% on your home insurance!

Cracker joke: Why should you never invite a team of footballers over for Christmas? Because they are always dribbling!

5 Days to go

Tip: Burglars know to look for hidden door keys so don’t hide spare keys under rocks, in flowerpots, or anywhere else outside of your home. Instead, give the spare key to a family member or trusted neighbour.  

6 Days to go

Tip: Look out for your neighbours. You and your neighbours should work as part of a team, looking out for not just your own properties, but also each other’s; If you see anything suspicious, report it to the police.

Cracker joke: What do you call a penguin in the desert? Lost!

7 Days to go

Tip: Make sure that garden tools or ladders that could be used to force entry into your home are not left lying around or accessible from an unlocked garden shed. Garages are often targets for burglars looking for tools, bikes and gardening equipment, so make sure that garages and sheds are properly secured.

8 Days to go 

Tip: Keep your curtains and blinds closed at night, making sure that valuable items are kept out of sight. When going out for the evening make use of inexpensive timers to give your home the illusion of occupancy. However, you must never leave internal Christmas lights or decorations turned on when you are out, as this poses a major fire risk.

Cracker joke: What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire? Frostbite!

9 Days to go

Tip: If you have an unexpected caller and you don’t know the person, don’t let them into your house. Genuine delivery workers should not come into your home, and home maintenance workers (such as alarm installers, plumbers, gas men etc.) will have uniforms and prominent vehicles, and will not call without appointment. Charity collectors will have ID and will not be offended if you ask to see it. Santa will be riding a flying slay and wearing a red suit.

Cracker joke: How do snowmen get to work? Riding an icicle!

12 Days to go
Tip: Be careful not to advertise your home to burglars on social media! According to one recent study, social media is a commonly used tool for scouting potential targets. Social media savvy families have a tendency to publish their whereabouts during the holiday season, including any vacation plans. This lets burglars know when your house is going to be empty. Uploaded photos of pricey Christmas gifts can also be a problem as it basically allows burglars to go shopping just by viewing your Facebook profile.  

13 Days to go

Tip: It can be very tempting to start laying gifts out once you have your Christmas tree up, but this can unfortunately be a big attraction for burglars. Try to keep gifts out of sight until the last possible moment, and ensure that they are stored securely.

Cracker Joke: What’s white and goes up? A confused snowflake!

14 Days to go

Tip: If you’re going away at Christmas be sure to cancel any newspaper or milk subscriptions. Arrange for a neighbour to park on the driveway to help create the impression that someone is home. Do not to leave descriptive telephone answering machine messages or signs on your door for delivery men, and make use of timers for lights and radios.

Cracker Joke: What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations? Tinselitis!

15 Days to go

Tip: Deterring would-be criminals is one of the most effective forms of crime prevention. Invest in a motion sensor flood-light or even some outdoor Christmas lights to highlight your home’s exterior. This will hopefully make approaching your home too conspicuous for a burglar.

16 Days to go
Tip: While out Christmas shopping don’t leave anything in unattended vehicles, and keep shopping with you until you return to your car. If that is not possible, always lock items securely in the boot and park in a busy, well-lit area. Never leave items on show on seats or in the footwells of vehicles as this advertises your property to thieves.

Cracker Joke: What do you use to drain carrots at Christmas? An advent colander! 

19 Days to go
Tip: When wrapping presents, you should always make sure that you put receipts in a safe place. If thieves were to get a hold of these they could potentially return stolen items to the shops and claim back the money.  

Special Offer! For a limited time, we are now offering 25% off of your first year’s signalling maintenance when you sign up before the end of 2013!

20 Days to go
Tip: A common mistake of many festive decorators is to feed extension cables through partially open windows, but criminals know to look for this vulnerability. When it comes to outdoor lighting, opt for solar or battery operated lights, or install outdoor electrical outlets.
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