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Posted on: 2nd December 2022

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Staying Merry, not miserable, in the run up to Christmas

‘TIS the season to be jolly – but as we prepare for the season of goodwill, not everyone shares the Christmas spirit.

Whether the threat comes from sophisticated seasonal online scammers or opportunist thieves making the most of a security oversight in the home, there are sadly plenty of people intent on making it a miserable, not merry, Christmas for many.

However, there are a number of ways we can protect ourselves when shopping online:

  • If you’re making a purchase from a website or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first. Read reviews or check the seller’s feedback before going ahead.
  • Use a payment method that offers buyer protection, such as a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers will help you get your money back if the item is faulty or damaged, or if it never arrives.
  • Make sure you have a strong password for your email. You should also enable two-factor authentication (2FA) where possible, which gives your online account additional protection by double checking that you really are the person you claim to be, when logging in.

But if you prefer to hit the shops, then be vigilant. Pick pockets and purse dippers will also be out in force, looking for easy pickings. Remember, pickpockets are very skilled at what they do. They know all the tricks and are extremely light-fingered with most of their thefts only taking a second or two.

For opportunist thieves, visible presents under the tree, open car boots full of shopping while loads are being taken into the house and even the possibility of an unlocked garage or parcels left behind bins are rich pickings.

Equally, flaws in home security while out and about visiting friends and family are a beacon to thieves – so always remember to check your alarm and never leave doors, windows or garages unlocked.

  • Shorter days mean longer time for thieves to be in operation – always lock your car and front door when entering your home.
  • Keep a light on indoors and outdoors if you are out visiting friends or family.
  • It may be an idea to fit some motion detector security lighting.
  • If you are expecting parcels or deliveries whilst you are away from home, try and arrange for them to be delivered to an alternative address instead of them being hidden by the bins!
  • If using outdoor festive lighting, ensure cables aren’t passed through windows, leaving enough gap for burglars to make use of. 

For any home security improvements, we have locksmiths, alarm and CCTV installers, electricians and many other traders who can help at

Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas.

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