Keeping Your Home Safe Over The Festive Period.

With the festive period looming, many of us are spending more time out of our homes either taking on extra hours at work or getting into the festive spirit by Christmas shopping, attending Christmas markets and special Christmas events. Sadly criminals are lurking at every corner, waiting every second for an opportunity to arise, but it seems that during the festive month, criminals seem to become larger in numbers with more robberies taking place in the summer months along with the colder months, like December, which is of course when Christmas takes place.

I have put together my four personal tips on home safety, making simple but small changes in the home to ensure its safe as possible whilst empty.

1. Triple Check All Window and Door Locks.
It may seem like the obvious to do, but with this time of year comes lots of stress, how am I going to afford to put a turkey on the dining room table will be the last thing on your mind if you leave even the smallest of possibilities for a burglary to take place, robbers will strike at any chance they get, and that includes the tiniest of windows they could get through. To ensure your home safety is the best it can be I personally recommend getting window locks that comes with a key, you can check out an online window key cutting service here.

2. Make Some Noise Whilst You're Not At Home.
Leaving a radio playing at home whilst you're out is one of the best cost effective ways on improving your home security, unlike the TV which cost electricity to run even when on standby, a radio cost a lot less to run either by battery or electric, and will hopefully spook burglars into thinking someone is home. Make sure the radio is loud enough to hear, but not loud enough to annoy your neighbours, and make sure it's not on show if someone should take a peek through your letterbox or window!

3. Invest in a Home Security System.
They say Britain is a Big Brother nation with all it's CCTV camera's, and whilst some moan about it, I personally am grateful that we have so many cameras around. I follow the nationwide news on a daily basis and often wonder how many crimes would be unsolved if it wasn't for CCTV? Whilst nothing is going to guarantee stopping a potential burglar in its tracks, if you have the money to invest in a home CCTV system, I'd highly recommend it.

4. Lights On, Lights Off.
If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, you may recall me reviewing a light switch timer last year? This clever piece of technology is battery run and turns the lights on and off for me whenever I set it up! It works on one, two or even three light switches, and whats more is you're not limited to how many you have in the house, so if you wanted you could set up one in each room and have them going on and off at your request - without even being in the house!

5. Adopt a Pet - Gain a Guard Dog.
Last but not least, adopt a dog - I'm not even kidding! Since having a dog I know when someones about to walk up my garden path thanks to his reactions! Jezeppi doesn't only notify me that someones here, but he's there and ready if I need him, whilst he's the soppiest dog I've ever met, I know if someone got in that wasn't suppose to be here, he'd attack - or at least I hope!

Five simple and easy steps, but hopefully ones that'll help you in the long run - forever!

Jada x

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