Crowded shops, large ATM withdrawals and expensive presents all add up to opportunities for the common criminal – and heartbreak for you and your family.

While Christmas is a time for giving, it can also be a time for taking. Insurance claims for theft over the Christmas period rocket by more than 20 per cent.

Below you can find our top security tips for enjoying a safe Christmas.

  • Be vigilant when withdrawing money from an ATM. Simply move on if there are any suspicious-looking individuals hanging around.
  • Protect your PIN number; always shield the keypad with your hand.
  • If you feel the ATM isn’t working normally, press Cancel, withdraw your card and try another machine.
  • Keep chequebook and cheque card separate.
  • Keep your purse or wallet close to your body and carry as little cash as possible.
  • Shopping early means fewer crowds and less opportunity for pickpockets.
  • Keep aware of who is around when using your mobile phone in public places.
  • Do not leave presents and bags on show in vehicles as easy pickings.
  • Always park in well-lit public places.
  • Don’t leave your presents and gifts under your Christmas tree or on view.
  • Beware of bogus callers; fit a ‘spy hole’ and chain to your door so you can safely see and hear who is there.
  • If you are away for Christmas, don’t forget to cancel the milk and paper before you go. And make the house look occupied with time-operated lights and radio.
  • Make sure your home phone doesn’t announce you’re away. Avoid setting messages like ‘Sorry we are not at home’.
  • Most importantly, don’t forget to set your intruder alarm system.

Stay safe and have a Merry Christmas!


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