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6 Expert Tips to Help Secure Your Home This Christmas

Christmas Home Security Advice and Tip

Secure your home this Christmas with some expert advice and home security tips from the UK’s largest trade association for locksmiths.

Tis the season to be jolly, but let’s not forget about keeping our homes safe and secure during the merry festivities. While we eagerly anticipate the joy and merriment that Christmas brings, it’s crucial to acknowledge that not everyone shares the same spirit. Opportunistic thieves may view this festive period as an open invitation to target unsuspecting households.

We’ve got your back with a bunch of Christmas security tips that will help protect your valuable possessions and cherished memories by securing your home throughout this joyous period.

1. Keep gifts out of sight.  

Keep Christmas Gifts Safe at Home

Christmas Home Security: Keep gifts out of sight

It’s traditional to keep gifts under the tree during the weeks leading up to the big day. However, this can be like a tempting advertisement for opportunistic thieves.


Consider relocating your tree away from the windows, especially those facing bustling streets. By doing so, you’ll keep your gifts out of sight and reduce the risk of attracting unwanted attention.

2. Be careful of those Christmas lights. 

Christmas Security - Christmas Lights

Christmas Security: Be careful of those Christmas lights

Make sure to set up outdoor electrical sockets to accommodate your dazzling holiday decorations. And remember, under no circumstances should you pass cables for outdoor lights through partially open windows or doors.

3. Dispose of wrapping carefully. 

Christmas Home Security - Christmas Wrapping

Christmas Home Security: Dispose of Wrapping Paper

Leaving empty packaging outside your home, even if it’s in the bin, can let passers-by know what’s inside. So once the excitement of Christmas is over, and the presents are unwrapped, make sure to store boxes and empty packaging in your shed or garage until waste collection day.

4. Don’t advertise an empty home. 

Christmas Home Security Advice - Don't Advertise Empty House

Christmas Home Security: Don’t Advertise an Empty Home

As we embrace the joyous spirit of Christmas, it’s important to remember that if you’re planning to spend this festive season away from home, it’s wise to exercise caution when it comes to sharing your plans on social media.

Broadcasting your holiday arrangements online might inadvertently alert countless strangers that your home will be empty during this time.

5. Look at home (even when you’re not). 

Christmas Home Security - Home Blinds Window

Christmas Home Security: Look at Home When your not

While security equipment may not be at the top of your Christmas list, there are some simple and cost-effective steps you can take to deter potential thieves. Investing in an inexpensive light timer can help to ensure your home doesn’t look empty.

Fake TVs and dusk-till-dawn external lights can also make burglars think twice about entering your property.

6. Keep a locksmiths details in your phone.

Home Security - Keep Locksmith number in phone

Keep at locksmiths number in your phone

With the chaos of the holiday season, it’s all too easy to overlook important things like your keys. To avoid the nightmare of being locked out, make sure you save the contact details of your local MLA locksmith in your phone.

The good news is that many MLA member companies operate round the clock, including bank holidays, so you can count on their assistance whenever you need it.

Moreover, MLA members adhere to a code of conduct that guarantees fair and transparent pricing, sparing you any unpleasant surprises amidst your Christmas expenses.

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For extra peace of mind, why not ask an MLA-approved locksmith to review the security of your home. Many offer a free home security survey and will be able to advise you on security measures that meet your insurance requirements, so you won’t be left with a large bill if the worst does happen.

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