How To Prevent A Break-In Whilst You're On Holiday

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Christmas, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or at least, it should be.

According to Calder, December 5th, 6th, 11th, 17th and 18thstatistically report the highest number of burglaries and more insurance claims are made during December than in any other month of the year. There are many reasons why this might be the case, but it is often largely due to occupants being away from their home or because thieves want to get their hands on new high-value items which have been bought prior to Christmas.

To keep everything merry and bright this December, our padlock suppliers have offered some advice on how you can avoid a break-in during this festive season.


Purchase a secure key-keep

Secure key safe from Squire

If you’re heading away this Christmas but need to leave a key for neighbours or relatives to get in for any reason, then you need to ensure that you keep the spare key somewhere safe. It might seem obvious, but hiding the spare key under a rug, inside a boot or within a fake decoration is only asking for trouble! Your key hide may look unsuspecting to you, but thieves are well aware of the latest home security tips and tricks and will be more than prepared to outsmart you.

Keep your spare key out of the hands of the wrong person by using a reliable key safe. At Locks Direct, we offer a range of secure key keeps, including products from top brands such as Abus and Squire. For maximum protection, we recommend using the Squire Stronghold Key Safe which has been approved by Crimestoppers as a popular solution that is capable of withstanding threats and attacks. This strong key safe is recodeable and has over 10,000 possible combinations, making it incredibly trustworthy.

Keep your calendar out of view

Calendar on wall

If an intruder has had their eye on your home, something that they’ve spotted in your shed or perhaps some nice outdoor furniture, then they may just be waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. You may not have thought of this before, but if you have a calendar that is in view from a window, then a thief could easily see where you have marked a holiday! If they are able to spot this, they may return to take their chances once they know you’re away.

To prevent this from happening, keep your calendar away from windows or where it can be easily noticed by the wrong person. Similarly, you should avoid posting about your upcoming holiday on social media! You might think that you trust the people that you have on your social media, but you can never be too trusting.

Protect keyless cars

Keyless car theft

In this modern day and age, thieves don’t necessarily need to force entry to steal your belongings, they can do it without even needing access to your home! If you have a keyless car on your driveway, then you may need to be extra cautious when it comes to security.

Thieves are able to use signal transmitting devices to capture signals from keyless entry cars, effectively tricking the car into thinking that they key is nearby. As a result, the car doors will open and the ignition will be able to start, allowing thieves to quickly make a break for it with your pride and joy! These kinds of thefts commonly occur during the night or whilst nobody is home, where thieves can get away quickly without being disturbed.

If you’re leaving your car behind when you head away this Christmas, then be sure to use a signal blocking pouch to store your keys. This prevents any tech-savvy thieves from being able to capture signals from the keys, so that you won’t be met with any nasty surprises when you return from your getaway! 

Keep belongings securely locked away

Buy secure padlocks online at Locks Direct to keep your belongings and buildings protected!

We offer a wide variety of reliable padlocks for multiple uses, including strong discus padlocks for sheds and outbuildings, as well as weather resistant, high security padlocks for protecting high-value items, such as motorbikes.

By using a sturdy padlock to secure your belongings, you are likely to prevent theft as thieves cannot easily gain access to your items. You should use a strong, attack resistant padlock that cannot be easily tampered with.

See our wide range of online padlocks by clicking here!


Buy a Ring doorbell or CCTV solution

CCTV outside home

Nowadays, there are many affordable home-security solutions available to provide extra protection for your buildings and belongings. As well as using security accessories and strong padlocks, it is sensible to keep an eye on your home whilst you’re away by using either CCTV or a Ring doorbell.

Many of these surveillance options allow you to access your cameras directly from your phone, giving you peace of mind and the ability to check up on any suspicious activity. If in the worst case a break-in does occur, you have footage which can be passed onto your insurers and the authorities.

Remember that CCTV alone isn't a big enough deterrent, ensure that you keep your belongings protected with secure padlocks and measures to make theft as difficult as possible.

At Locks Direct, our padlock suppliers are here not only to provide top quality security equipment, but also to offer assistance with any queries that you might have in relation to protecting your belongings. Keep up with all of the latest security advice, theft-prevention tips and any updates to our range of reliable padlocks and accessories by following our Latest News regularly.

For now, have a lovely Christmas and keep safe!


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