Homeowners urged to avoid danger this winter

Homeowners urged to avoid danger this winter

Many homeowners will be headed out over Christmas, whether it is to visit family members or to take a holiday in warmer climes.

However, with one in six houses remaining empty for more than 24 hours at some point during December, residents are putting their property at risk if they do not take the appropriate steps, according to Santander.

The insurance firm said that this is the time of year when opportunist thieves will come to the fore, which means that it is important to take the measures to avoid the dangers of your house being a target.

The best ways to do this are to, first of all, put lights on a timer to make sure that it always looks like there is someone home and reduce the chance of someone trying their luck.

Other good methods can include installing a light with movement sensors to cover the garden, and asking a neighbour to keep an eye on the property.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801507153-ADNFCR

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