Keep your home safe while away this Christmas

OWNER of Ambush Security Graham Russell has warned of being secure this holiday period, with the rise of social media adding to the risk.

Mr Russell said crime increased over the Christmas period because a lot of people went away.

"People start to become a bit more resilient around Christmas, we get a high demand," he said.

"Burglars are lazy people, they want the easiest way in.

"We recommend making your house look lived in."

Some ways Mr Russell said to do so were things such as getting someone to bring in your bin and mail.

Another is to leave lights and a radio on, with the curtains or blinds open.

Some final tips were also not placing a spare key in obvious places as well as locking your power-box.

The rise of social media had produced another security risk.

"People check in on social media at the coast and they also post pictures of their new TV," he said.

"It's showing people you're away and what you have to steal."

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