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Christmas and New Year safety tips

A winter wonderland

Seeing the snowfall during December (fingers crossed for some of us), along with an abundance of twinkling lights, starry nights and a cosy home, you know that Christmas is on its way. There’s nothing quite like the excitement we get from waking up on Christmas Day and seeing your family and friends (and eating chocolate for breakfast!).

So, we’ve put together a few hints and tips for your clients to help them keep their homes and belongings safe, during Christmas and New Year. 

Woman with tablet device sitting next to a Christmas tree

In the home

  • Keep valuables, gifts and gadgets out of site and hidden away
  • Don’t leave packaging from valuables and gifts outside your doors
  • Consider using an ultraviolet marker pen to mark your belongings with your postcode and house number
  • Keep door and car keys away from windows and doors
  • If you’re going to be away from home for a while, set up light timers to switch on at times you'd usually be in
  • Don’t advertise your plans on social media, especially if you’re going away
  • Ask a trusted person to pick up any post if you’re away
  • Make sure all windows and doors are locked before leaving home
  • Make sure you don’t leave any fires, candles and cigarettes unattended, whilst in the home and make sure they’re extinguished before you go out and go to bed

Extra cover 

Did you know that here at LV= we’ll increase your clients contents limit of cover by 10% during religious festivals or special events, like Christmas, for one month before and after, for purchases made for these events whilst insured.

Outside the home

  • Make sure garages, outbuildings and sheds are securely locked and any items like tools are hidden from view
  • Fit motion sensors, security lights and CCTV cameras to deter unwelcome visitors
  • Using Gravel on the drive can be a great deterrent for would be thieves, as its noisy
  • Join a Neighbourhood watch scheme and make friends with your neighbours, for additional peace of mind
  • When out and about, keep a close watch on your valuables, make sure you can see them at all times and don’t leave your valuables unattended