Could The Grinch Really Steal Christmas?

“He slithered and slunk, with a smile most unpleasant, around the whole room and took every present!”

The Grinch is arguably one of the most iconic Christmas stories of all times, from the original Dr Seuss book to the many film adaptions, and easily shows those who can’t get into the festive spirit of the holidays. As we here at Keytek® like to give our customers insights on safety tips and tricks we’ve decided to examine if the Grinch could actually steal Christmas and how you can protect your homes against any Grinches this festive season!

 

Sliding Down the Chimney

Santa Clause is normally the only one with the power to come down the chimney and in this case any old Grinch most likely will not be able to fit down your chimney. However, they could perhaps come into your home through a door or window that isn’t secured. Surprisingly the majority of burglaries happen between 10am and 3pm in the day rather than at night, this is thought to be because people are less likely to be home during the day and therefore the house will be empty.

To make sure that your home is secure this Christmas, ensure that you close and lock all doors when you leave the house and when you go to bed in the evening to deter people from trying to forcefully gain entry to your home.

 

Stealing the Christmas tree

It is unlikely that if someone broke into your home they would steal your Christmas tree but it is rather the decorations that you put on the exterior of your home that might be at risk! Many reports every year are made to the police about stolen Christmas lights and garden decorations and unfortunately only a very small percentage are ever returned.

To help secure your outdoor Christmas decorations consider using lightweight wire or lightweight chains to attach your decorations to sturdier objects such as trees and fences. This will help to deter burglars as it would be more difficult for ill-wishers to steal, making it a less appealing target.

 

Stealing All the Presents

The Grinch notoriously took all of the Who’s presents but when his heart grew 3 sizes decided to give them back. Unfortunately this is not something that usually happens, The Huffpost reported that between 2011 and 2016 only 7% of 2 million burglaries cases had valuables returned.

It’s a great feeling at Christmas when you’ve got all the presents under the tree, all prettily packaged but this is actually something that could you vulnerable to burglars. Burglars like to be in and out during a break in, so having all your expensive items in one place makes it tempting for an ill-wisher. By keeping your presents out of sight or even hidden away till the big day, will help to reduce your chances of a break-in this Christmas!

 

Posing as Santa!

This is something that defiantly landed the Grinch on Santa’s naughty list! But he was convincing enough that he managed to fool Cindy-Lou Who that he was someone he wasn’t. This is actually a technique that some ill-wishers use to distract you and let them into your home. This isn’t as common as forced entry but is still something you should be aware of.

There are a number of factors that you can look out for to keep your home secure:

  • If someone claims to be an official, ask for ID. Anyone official will always carry and be more than happy to show you their ID. If they don’t or you are still unsure you can request that they leave and then shut the door immediately.

 

  • If someone comes knocking on your door for whatever reason and they try to invite themselves in always be cautious! If you don’t know them, it’s always best to keep them at the door or just politely shut the door instead.

 

  • Consider installing a door restrictor or chain as a means to talk to the person on the other side without fully opening the door, this will give you the power to safely examine who has come to your door without making yourself potentially vulnerable.

 

If you suspect a bogus caller you should call 999 and report it to the police.

Is Airbnb Safe?

 

Every two seconds around the world someone books a room through Airbnb! It is currently has an estimated worth of over $35 billion and has big hotel chains quaking in their boots! Unlike hotels where the property has been designed for the comfort of frequent guests, Airbnb allows hosts to list their own homes for others to stay in whilst they aren’t there. So how do you stay safe when booking and staying in an Airbnb property?

 

Safety Checks when Booking

 

1.      Read the Reviews

Reading the reviews from previous guests and how much they rated it will give you a good indication of what the property was like and whether there were any problems. Airbnb only lets previous guests write a review so although it isn’t 100% guaranteed as reviews are so individual you can probably count on them to describe their own experience true to words.

 

2.      Weather and Travel Advice Check

Do your research on your chosen destination before booking to ensure that it is safe to travel and double check again in the days and weeks leading up to your trip. It is especially important if you are travelling to somewhere where there may be strikes e.g. political strikes and somewhere where extreme weather happens frequently.

 

3.      Travel Insurance

Straight after booking take out travel insurance. Should you get injured on holiday you don’t want to be left with a sore head and an empty wallet!

 

4.      Secure Payment

When booking, always pay through Airbnb rather than paying the host directly. Airbnb have a secure payment system that has a ‘multi-layer defence strategy’. Going through Airbnb ensures you won’t be subject to scams and they are able to offer refunds in some circumstances. Airbnb states that they will never ask you to wire money across or prove credit card information so if this does happen to you, report it to Airbnb immediately and do not send and money or reveal the information.

 

Safety Checks on Arrival

 

1.      Carry out a Property Safety Check

When you arrive at your accommodation walk through the property and do a risk assessment. Make note of where all the emergency equipment is, including the fire alarms and fire extinguisher. If you can’t find something important, contact the host immediately to ensure your safety.

 

2.      Emergency Numbers

Write down the local police and hospital/ emergency room numbers and addresses.
In an emergency, most people panic and make silly mistakes. Be prepared with the numbers to hand so if the worst were to happen you save time trying to locate the correct place.

 

Airbnb Community Standards

Airbnb has set values of trust they expect their hosts and guests to follow and have established them into five standards. These are – safety, security, fairness, authenticity and reliability. You can read these more in-depth here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/trust

 

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