With the festive season approaching, there will be an increase in theft insurance claims and burglaries. Research has shown that these claims increase by 34% during the winter months and 42% increase for burglary claims and the reason for this is that most people do not do the necessary household checks before they leave their homes on holiday or to participate
in other activities. So how to keep your home safe during winter ?
Most people also have little to no security precautions at home which is more useful during the winter periods.
During the festive season, it is no doubt that thieves are extra greedy at this time of year and need to find gifts for some friends and family or just want to be menaces. Santa is the only person that has a right to sneak into your home during Christmas, so protect your home with these following steps.
1. BE SMART ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA
Most people love social media but if you are travelling or you’d be away from home, think well about what you post. Try not to make your home a target for burglary. Post pictures from a vacation after a trip rather than while the trip is still on and make sure your kids or teens do the same as well.
2. HIDE YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFTS AND PACKAGES.
Keep your Christmas tree and gifts away from windows or places with a view. Also take care of gifts that you have not received yet, better still get a doorbell camera to see who comes around.
3. BE FRIENDS WITH YOUR NEIGHBOUR
It is always a good idea to get to know your neighbours and it becomes invaluable when it comes to protecting your home from burglars. If you are away on holiday, a neighbour can collect your mail or newspapers, so they do not pile up and attract unwanted
attraction. You neighbours will always be there to call the police if things get out of hand.
4. GET INSURANCE
This isn’t compulsory but it is important. Christmas is the time when most expensive things are in one place and it is useful to have insurance in case anyone gets away with your hard-earned valuables.
5. STAY SECURE
Try upgrading your locks and investing in new security measures for your home. Now that the tie has changed and there are shorter days and longer nights; that means that it is getting dark quicker and it may be sensible to purchase motion sensor lights, CCTV and smart locks. Getting a smart lock that can work with your current lock would be good and it will save some money.
Lokcom provides a compatible smart lock system and enables you to connect your doors and intercom phone to the internet in a secure and reliable manner. What distinguishes us from our competitors is that our system can allow you to unlock a door from anywhere in the world – you don’t need to be standing in front of it. The Lokcom platform also gives you total control over who is given permission to unlock the door using the Lokcom app that is downloaded to the device.
You can even set a timeframe for unlocking the door and monitoring who has access to your property through our built-in, constant monitoring system. It is very easy to install, it has a secure technology that is connected to the cloud through 3G, it is not reliant on an open system like WIFI or Bluetooth which can be easily interfered with. It allows you to share a digital key with people you trust to give them access to your property and revoke access as well.
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