Don’t leave your ‘home alone’ this Christmas /Yale/Yale_co_uk/xmas%20for%20yale.jpg Christmas isn’t complete without watching Home Alone. We see this classic every year but do we ever really think about leaving our ‘home alone’ during the festive period? Homes are more frequently left empty in the whirlwind of shopping trips, social events and visits, and with the elongated holiday many of us use the opportunity to take a break, leaving our home all alone. With presents wrapped and conveniently left in the hallway or under the tree it’s not surprising that burglaries increase by up to 20%* over the winter months. With this in mind, the security experts at Yale have put together their top tips for securing your home this Christmas. Yuletide treasure Avoid leaving presents under the tree and try to keep them out of sight until the big day. Home safes are an excellent way to store small high value gifts such as jewellery and electronics. Just make sure you bolt the safe securely to the floor to avoid a burglar leaving with it in tow. Make sure gift packaging is as unidentifiable as possible when you throw it out. It’s easy to just dump new TV or iPod boxes in or near your outside bin, but it’s a beacon for opportunistic burglars. The perfect ‘security guard’Try to give the impression that someone is in by leaving lights and the TV or radio on if you’re out and about over Christmas so burglars think you’re home. For additional protection, alarms act as the perfect ‘security guard’, watching over your property when you’re not there with statistics showing 60%* of burglaries attempted on homes with alarms are unsuccessful. A safe pair of eyes It’s a good idea to ask your family or neighbours to keep an eye on your home while you’re away visiting friends and loved ones. For the ultimate peace of mind CCTV is great way to keep a safe pair of eyes on your home at all times. Burglars tend to be very camera-shy and 90% of burglars avoid homes with CCTV installed in favour of an easier target. Follow these simple tips to make sure that your home isn’t ‘alone’ this Christmas!