Home Burglary over Christmas. Should you worry?

Home Burglary over Christmas. Should you worry? 

Over four out of five Australian homeowners are worried that their properties will be robbed during the holiday season. According to data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, their concerns are not misplaced. The research found that property crimes were 23% higher on Christmas Eve than the daily average throughout the rest of the year.

Homeowners must be aware of the risks and take appropriate precautions. Here are some things that you should keep in mind.

In West Australia alone, homeowners report around $2 million in losses during the holiday season each year. These losses are often due to expensive items being stolen. Homeowners must be aware of the risks and take appropriate precautions.

Recognise the Threat of Holiday Burglaries

Unfortunately, Australian homeowners often let their guard down when they are most vulnerable. They don’t realise that most holiday property crimes are committed in the late morning, afternoon and early evening. They believe that burglars are most likely to break-in to properties in the evening when they have the cover of darkness.

You need to be vigilant about protecting your properties. Here are some things that concerned homeowners need to keep in mind:

  • Don’t leave your property looking vacant. Burglars don’t just target homeowners during the holidays because they know you have some valuable presents under the tree.
  • They also know that lots of people go travelling for the holidays, so they look for signs that people are away. If you have several days’ worth of newspapers on your yard, potential burglars will realise that there is probably nobody home.
  • They will notice if there are not any lights on throughout the evening when most people would be home.
  • It is a dead giveaway if you don’t have a car in the driveway for more than 24 hours.

It’s a good idea to get a friend, relative or someone looking to earn a little extra holiday cash to housesit your property for most of the days that you will be away. Another option is to cancel your newspapers and use a timer to turn on your lights during the early evening.

If your family has more than one car, it is a good idea to leave one in the driveway. This precaution will make it less obvious that your home is unattended.

Store Your Most Precious Valuables in a Safe Deposit Box

If a burglar does manage to break into your home, you want to at least protect your most precious valuables. A safe deposit box from Guardian is good for safeguarding your jewellery, passports, financial documents and other valuables that you can’t afford to lose.

Keep Your Property Safe This Holiday Season! 

The holidays are a terrible time of year for burglaries. At Guardian, we are committed to keeping your valuables safe. We have a wide range of safe deposit boxes that can help you make sure they can be properly secured. Get one this holiday season!

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