Think carefully where you stow your Christmas presents. At this time of year, it is so common to see a Christmas tree lighting up the window with presents waiting to be unwrapped underneath. However, make sure your gifts are out of sight to passers-by who may could be tempted by your display of gifts and make the most of the opportunity. Similarly, after your gifts have been exchanged and unwrapped, it is important to dispose of the wrapping paper and boxes discreetly.
Rather than disposing of the packaging outside of your house, consider taking it to the dump or recycling center. Alternatively, keep the packaging inside until just before your next rubbish collection date. If you leave the packaging outside of your house, you give potential burglars an insight into the valuable items stored inside your house.
Decorating the home for Christmas may mean additional lighting, such as fairy lighting for your tree or outside lighting to light up your home. One common mistake is to run an extension cable through partially open windows or doors leading inside. Though this may seem insignificant to you, all it takes is a small gap or a little wedge at the door/window for a burglar to gain easy access into your house.
They know to look for this and will be opportunistic about it. If you would like to use outdoor festive lighting over the holiday season, consider opting for solar or battery powered lights, or even installing outdoor electrical outlets in order to keep your home secure.