In my job I sometimes have to start work early in the morning, so it’s common for me to go to bed reasonably early at night. Well, imagine my surprise when at 2:14am one night last week, I’m suddenly woken by my house alarm making a strange ringing sound …
It’s not a pretty sight seeing me chasing round the house trying to discover what has caused the alarm to sound. Evidently it’s always my responsibility to get up and check – well, that’s what the wife says.
Initially, I couldn’t find anything that may have caused the “bells” to ring, until I checked the book and found that the trigger had been the battery coming to its last legs. When I tried to reset the system it would not activate, so I had to risk the next few hours without the alarm being set.
Anyway a quick call to my alarm company the following morning and they came out and fitted a new battery, problem solved and feeling safe again. Well this made me think, while my alarm system was not working properly I was at risk, especially as during the festive season there is often a rise in the number of burglaries.
Properly mark presents and valuables with your postcode, house number or name, then register on the National Property Register. Make a note of all model numbers and serial numbers of all electrical items. So with a little help from Thames Valley Police here are some simple steps to reduce your chances of becoming a victim:
Keep presents out of view – placing presents in plain view of windows will only draw attention to your house and its contents.
Be cautious when using social media such as Facebook – do you really want to advertise that your home is empty by showing you are somewhere else or having a countdown to your holiday?
Invest in a timer to open and close your curtains or turn on your lights, or better yet, ask a family member or neighbour to pop in and do it at random times of the day so a potential thief does not see an exact pattern.
Dispose of boxes and rubbish discreetly. Leaving boxes outside will give away the fact that you have new and valuable items in the house.
Until next time …I do hope you have a happy and crime free Christmas and if you’re looking for someone to test all those lovely electrical items you get from Santa then do call me on 0330 6600264 or click here to ping over an email and I’ll get right back to you.