Stay Safe this New Years Eve!

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It’s New Years Eve and it’s time to celebrate!

Some of us like to let our hair down when bringing in the New Year; whether you are going to a house party or out on the town. But it’s also an evening you may be at your most vulnerable, in London alone in they increase police presence to 3000 officers around the city because of New Years Eve. Now we’re not saying that you should stay wrapped up in your home with the doors locked, but there are ways you can keep yourself safe while out.

Always have eyes on your drink.

If your drink is unattended for any length of time, then the safe bet is to get a new one. It takes second for someone to slip something in to a drink that’s been left. It is also unadvisable to accept a drink from a stranger, unless you have seen the bartender make it. Saving money on a drink is not worth the risk.

Maintain the #squadgoals

Always keep an eye on where your friends are. If you’ve gone out in a group, make sure no one has been left on their own, and that you haven’t been left on YOUR own. There are so many ways to lose your squad on a night out like; going to the loo or queueing at the bar. But it is so important that you keep each other safe. You are less likely to be targeted by criminals if you are in a group.

The creepy guy has no right to grab you.

When you and your friends are having a good time on the dance floor and someone is getting too close for comfort or touching you; tell them to stop and go away. If a person keeps touching you, after you have told them to stop, or is getting too close for comfort then tell a member of security staff or bar staff, they should deal with them for you.

Use bright and busy streets

So the place you’re at is a bit naff and you fancy moving on. Make sure you walk down streets that are well-lit and busy. When you are out in the cold it may be tempting to take a short cut down a back alley or park. This will leave you extremely vulnerable, especially if you are on your own. There will be plenty of people around on New Years Eve so you shouldn’t find it hard to find people around. Don’t be the cliché girl in the horror movie, who walks right into the monster down the dark alleyway!

Your bag is not worth your life (even if it is Michael Kors)

If the worst does happen and someone tries to steal your bag…let them. You can replace everything that’s in there and If someone is willing to try to take your bag in the street then they are probably willing to hurt you to get it. If you don’t put up any fight they will most likely to leave you alone. It’s a good idea to keep your keys in in your pocket, so if someone does take your bag then you can still get in at home.

Never drink and drive…obviously

Make sure you plan how you are getting home. If you have a plan in place then you are less likely to be tempted to drink drive. Try to pre book a taxi or beg a friend for a lift. If you do end up getting a taxi, then make sure he is licenced. Take a picture of his licence number and send it to a family member or a friend, a legit taxi driver shouldn’t mind you doing this.

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye (literally)

Fireworks are an integral part of New Years Eve, but unless you are an expert you should not be lighting up those bad boys yourself. It might not be you lighting them, but if an intoxicated friend tries to start a display…MOVE AWAY. It might be fun looking at the pretty lights, but what won’t be fun is ending up in hospital with burns. Leave it to the professionals.

 

So if you decide to go out to celebrate New Years Eve, make sure that you take steps to keep yourself safe. We wish you all a safe and prosperous New Year!

Let Santa in…But Keep the Burglars Out!

How to let Santa in and keep the burglars out!

It is the time of year where we start preparing our houses for the arrival of the big man….Father Christmas. So, your tree is up, you’ve hung the lights and wrapped the gifts, but as much as you want Santa to grace your house with a visit, there are some people you’d rather keep out. Burglars often strike this time of year because they know your house is stuffed with goodies. We have written a guide to help you let Santa in, but keep the baddies out.

 

 

  1. If you don’t have a chimney Santa has to come through the back door, but thieves can also get in. Invest in a ‘Santa Key’. It’s a magical key that you leave out for Santa, a key only he can use. Meaning that you can lock your back or front door as usual, so that burglars cannot get in. Locking your doors is the number 1 thing you can do to secure your house, according to RSG Security; 73% of burglars use doors, which are open in 3% of cases. https://www.rsgsecurity.co.uk/blog/news/interesting-uk-burglary-statistics

 

  1. If you have brought presents (to add to the ones that Santa brings) then it is advisable not to leave them on display. Not only will Father Christmas think he has already visited your house and not leave any more presents, it will entice burglars. Single parent families will be most at risk; RSG Security says that most likely break-in and burglary victims are single-parent families in urban UK areas as they are affected twice more than homes with two parents, and thrice more than households without https://www.rsgsecurity.co.uk/blog/news/interesting-uk-burglary-statistics

 

  1. You may be worried that Santa will set off your house alarm. Don’t be, Father Christmas has mastered skills over the years that means he will be undetected by an alarm. Burglars however will set off an alarm, so it is very important that if you have one, then you should always set it. Just the sight of a burglar alarm can deter a burglar. Most burglaries are not planned and are carried out by opportunistic criminals, having an alarm on your house means that thieves are less likely to pick your house to break in to.

 

  1. It’s always a good idea to let Santa know if you are not going to be at home over the festive period, so he knows where to drop the presents off. However, it’s best not to advertise the fact that you are away. Invest in light timers, the sight of lights going on and off periodically will give the impression that you are home. Also make sure that you stop any deliveries of milk or a newspaper, several pints of milk stacked up at your door is a dead giveaway that you are not around. Another strategy to stave of criminals when you’re away is, if possible, ask a neighbour to park in your driveway.

https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/news-archive/dont-be-a-christmas-burglary-statistic/

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  1. While children write a list to send to Santa, it’s a good idea for you to be writing a list of your own. Dorset Police recommends that you; keep an inventory including description, serial number and photograph of each item or even register your valuable items at immobilise.com/ which will simplify insurance claims and Police reports  with certificates of ownership.

It is so important at this time of year to protect your house and your family. When you suffer a break-in you lose more than just your possessions, you can lose your peace of mind too.  For support after a break in you can visit www.victimsupport.org.uk/crime-info/types-crime/burglary .

Make sure your festive season isn’t marred by a burglary. Find out more ways to secure your home at www.keytek.co.uk/security-tips/