“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.