How to Keep the Home Safe this Silly Season

Thieves see the Christmas holiday period as the perfect time for criminal activity. ADT Security offers the following tips to helpkeep your home safe this summer. 

  •  Inform your neighbours of your holiday plans so that they can keep an eye on your property and be sure to provide them with emergency contact details
  •  Consider hanging old clothes on the line to give the impression someone is home or not away for an extended period of time
  •  Avoid placing expensive gifts under the Christmas tree until close to the big day
  •  Ask neighbours to put out your garbage bins on bin night (and offer to do the same in return for them when they need it)
  •  Don’t leaving packaging of big ticket items on the nature strip
  •  Make sure children don’t reveal holiday plans to strangers or via social media
  •  Refrain from instantly sharing holiday and social photos online, as this flags you’re not at home
  •  Ask a friend or neighbour to collect your mail or direct the Post Office to hold it until you return and adhere a ‘no junk mail’ sign to avoid catalogues building up
  •  Ensure your house has good exterior lighting; it is preferable to install sensor lights at entry and exit points of the house, as light acts as a deterrent to thieves. If possible, time these outside lights to switch on automatically at night
  •  Leave a car in the driveway, if possible, or arrange for a neighbour to keep a car there and move it around from time to time
  •  Consider installing a monitored alarm system. While some people place their faith in an unmonitored alarm in the hope that it will deter intruders, these are unfortunately often ignored by neighbours, especially if they go off frequently

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