Don’t let the Grinch steal Christmas Keep any gifts out of sight, as you don’t want to attract potential thieves. A home safe securely bolted to the floor or wall can also be used to store small valuable presents like mobile phones or jewellery until 25th December. Once gifts are opened, be careful to dispose of packaging carefully. Rubbish collections over the Christmas and New Year period are normally at different times, so remember to take note of any changes. Make sure you put your rubbish out just before the collection and shred any details you wouldn’t want people to see. It also a good idea to take labels off boxes to avoid advertising the contents of your home to thieves. Try and resist the urge to advertise your new Christmas gifts to everyone on Facebook – you don’t want to create a catalogue for burglars to choose from – especially if you tag yourself at an airport three days later! You should also check your settings to make sure you are sharing any updates regarding your new belongings with just your friends. Another top tip for security over Christmas and during the darker winter nights is to use timers for lighting when you go for an evening out to create the illusion of occupancy. Have a very merry Christmas, but most importantly remember to stay safe and secure!