Stay safe

Christmas safety

  • Make sure your presents and valuables can’t be seen through the windows
  • Look like you’re in when you’re out – set timer switches to turn lights and radios on and off
  • Don’t keep your spare keys in an obvious place, especially just inside the front door
  • Don’t leave your presents unattended in the car
  • Check that all doors and windows are locked before leaving your home
  • Remember, if you have a UPVC door, lift the handle to engage the locking points and then lock it securely by turning the key
  • Make sure the windows have key locks fitted – and don’t leave the key in the lock
  • Fit an alarm and switch it on
  • Lock gates, fit high fences and grow prickly plants such as holly
  • Do not open your door to strangers – if you don’t know who they are, don’t let them in
  • Tear up packaging from Christmas presents before leaving it out for recycling – you wouldn’t want a burglar to know about a brand new laptop
  • Mark everything with your postcode and house number
  • Visit to register any new items.