Keeping Your Christmas Presents Safe

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Property Owners Insurance
15th March 2017

Keep your home secure at Christmas

The Christmas period is the busiest time of year for most, planning, preparing and purchasing gifts for everyone to enjoy on the 25th December.  Thieves also enjoy the period leading up to Christmas, this is why it is so important to keep your home and valuables safe and secure.

Insurers see huge increases in theft claims over the festive period, so we thought it would be useful to provide everyone with tips on how to prevent you becoming a victim of such crime, allowing you to enjoy a worry free Christmas.

  1. Keep presents out of sight
  2. Ensure your windows and doors are locked
  3. Keep lights on especially when your home is left unoccupied
  4. Dispose of packaging carefully
  5. Don’t leave presents or possessions in your vehicle
  6. Ensure your pets are kept away from wrapped presents

Other helpful tips to consider over Christmas and New Year.

  • Presents should be kept at a safe distance from open fire places
  • Christmas tree lights can be prone to catching fire, turn them off when not in use
  • Don’t put too many plugs in extensions leads
  • Plan ahead if travelling
  • Ensure frozen paths or driveways are adequately salted
  • Check weather forecasts and take the necessary precautions to minimise delays
  • Wrap up warm

Insurance Cover

Most insurers will provide additional cover for the festive period. This usually amounts to a temporary 10% increase in contents valuables, covering presents, clothing and frozen food. You should check your policy wording to find out what you are covered for. You should consider adding Accidental Damage to your policy if not included, especially if you stumble home after a jolly night out.

Finally, fires should be off or doused to save Santa Claus from being injured when delivering your presents.

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

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