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5 ways to keep your home (and your presents) safe this holiday season

Whether it’s the Christmas holidays or a long weekend, the summer months are the perfect time for opportunistic thieves to take advantage of empty houses and expensive presents under the tree.

Figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics & Research show that burglaries, breaking and entering increases by 30% over the Christmas period!


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Talk to your neighbours and let them know when you'll be away

Here are five home security tips to keep your home (and your presents) safe and secure these holidays.

  1. When good neighbours become good friends…
    While we can’t all live on Ramsay Street, making friends with your neighbours can be a great way to have peace of mind while you’re away. An overflowing mailbox is one of the first signs a burglar looks for that a home is unoccupied, so ask a trusted neighbour to collect it for you. If you’re especially friendly with your neighbours, you could ask them to water your plants and put out your bins, or just generally keep an eye on the house while you’re gone.

  2. Keep your gifts to yourself
    Thieves can be tempted to break-in if they can see a mound of expensive gifts right in front of a window, so be careful where you place your Christmas tree! Also, be discreet when throwing away empty packaging; nothing tempts a thief more than the prospect of big ticket items like TVs and video consoles ripe for the taking.

  3. Let there be light!
    The last thing a burglar wants is to be spotted when breaking and entering. That’s why it’s smart to install outdoor motion detector lights that are triggered whenever someone approaches your home at night. You should also set your outdoor lights on timers, to give the illusion that someone is home.

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Home surveillance systems can help you keep an eye on your home when you're away
  1. Install a home security system
    If you don’t have one already, the holidays are a great time to invest in a smart system that will give you peace of mind while you’re away from home. Choose a system that will alert you via your smartphone or is monitored by a security company.

    If you need some ideas, check out 2018 smartest systems here.

  2. Take a break from social media
    You wouldn’t paste a sign on your door saying ‘Gone for a week’, right? Believe it or not, burglars have social media too. Be careful when you post your holiday snaps; don’t include how long you’ll be away or how long the house will be empty. In the same way, try not to post about the shiny new toys you got for Christmas that are now sitting unattended in your home.

  • Use a calculator to get an estimate of how much you can borrow. Try one here.

  • See if you qualify. To get a more accurate idea of how much you can borrow with State Custodians, click here.

  • Call our Lending Specialists and they can do the calculation for you over the phone plus answer any questions you have at the time. Talk to us on 13 72 62.