How you can avoid a holiday robbery

How to avoid a holiday robbery

This year is finally reaching its end and many are all-to-ready to embrace a holiday mode. This means empty offices, homes full of expensive presents, and busy venues as people celebrate christmas parties and buy last minute gifts. It also means the busiest week of the year for break-ins and theft.

The year 2020 has been one to remember, and we have all experienced day-to-day changes in our life, and likely how we will choose to celebrate the holiday period. Maybe you will forgo your usual holiday trip, or only travel locally. Maybe you have chosen to purchase gifts online, rather than brave the busy shopping centres. Maybe you will have a smaller family gathering than usual.

Despite how different this year may end up, one thing unlikely to change is the crime spree that occurs over the holidays. 

Why are you more likely to experience a home robbery during the holidays period?

EXPENSIVE GIFTS
During Christmas, many participate in gift-giving. This means a higher possibility for you to not only have expensive items in your home, but to have them wrapped up and ready to grab. They are even easy to find – placed under a lit up tree in a prominent room of the house. Many even have this displayed in an area that is easy to view from outside

UNATTENDED PARCELS
Due to the health concerns on 2020, many have opted to purchase gifts online to reduce the risk to themselves and their families. Due to the unpredictable nature of parcel delivery, particularly in busy times, parcels will often be left on your doorstep for hours until you get home. There is nothing to stop someone stealing it as they go by.

FINANCIAL STRESS
We may be in a fortunate enough position to be able to buy presents for our loved ones, but others are not. This is particularly the case this year, as many businesses struggled to stay open and unemployment rates sky-rocketed. Financial pressure to provide for your family can push people to do something they would not usually do.

EMPTY HOMES
Though we may not be able to taken overseas trips, most of Australia is now open for interstate travel, and many will still go on holiday. An empty house is a perfect target to a thief, as there is no one to raise the alarm for an extended period of time.

OUTDOOR CELEBRATIONS
Due to our summer climate over the holiday period, many choose to have their family celebrations in outdoor areas such as patios and verandas. Often, when you have visitors coming and going, doors are left unlocked and there is a general easing of safety precautions. This is a great opportunity for someone to sneak in the empty side of the house and steal what they can, without anyone realising.

How to protect your home from a holiday robbery?

GET YOUR PARCELS DELIVERED ELSEWHERE
There are many alternatives to getting parcels delivered directly to your home. You can get them delivered to your workplace, or a post office/parcel locker. If you have a friend or family member that will be at home, you can get it delivered there.

DON’T FORGET TO LOCK THE DOOR / SET THE ALARM
Don’t forget to use the security measures you already have in place. Lock your door after a visitor comes in. Arm your alarm system when you are away.

DON’T LET YOUR HOME LOOK EMPTY WHILE YOU ARE AWAY
There are many things that tip off a potential thief to a home being unoccupied. The lights are off for days, there is an overfilled mailbox, no cars are in the driveway. Avoid these signs. Have someone collect your mail for you, ask a neighbour to park in your driveway, leave a few lights on, or have automated lights. 

DON’T KEEP YOUR PRESENTS UNDER THE TREE
Many like to display their presents under their Christmas tree. Try to avoid this as long as possible and lay them out Christmas morning. If it is important to you, you can always leave some fake presents under the tree for decoration.

BE WARY OF STRANGERS
If you decorate your house for Christmas, make sure to keep your home protected. Someone may seem as if they are looking at the lights and decorations you have displayed, when really they are looking for weaknesses in your home security. Keep the inside of your house obstructed from outside, and make sure to keep your doors locked.

BEST DEFENCE AGAINST A HOLIDAY ROBBERY

All of the above can help you to protect your home during the holiday period. However, one of the biggest deterrents for a thief is a working alarm system. If you have one in place, make sure you use it.

The best way to ensure your system will last through times like these, is to keep up with regular maintenance. We recommend annual maintenance for your alarm system. During a maintenance our technicians identify potential problems and remedy them before they put your security at risk.

If you don’t have a security system in place at your home, start 2021 right by getting one installed in the new year.

Contact Us today to protect your home in 2021!