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Protecting Your Apartment Over the Festive Period

Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, but ensuring your apartment is properly protected against festive crime should be made a priority.

Christmas is a time when many of us are spending time away from home visiting family or travelling abroad. It is also a time when the home is full of valuable items such as gifts, food and wine. Because of this, Christmas traditionally sees a sharp increase in domestic burglary, with criminals targeting houses when they are at their most vulnerable.

To avoid being a victim of festive theft, take a look at these tips for protecting your home this Christmas.

While out shopping:

  • Try to avoid doing most of your shopping  in one trip as you may struggle to carry all your bags therefore you will be distracted, making it easier for a thief to steal from you.
  • Keep your handbag closed and hold all bags securely to make it more difficult for the pickpockets.  Keep mobile phones out of sight. Try not to keep too much cash and keep your cheque book and credit card separate.
  • Try not to go back to your car in the middle of the shopping trip to put gifts in the boot, thieves may be watching car parks for this opportunity.
  • Always ensure that Christmas shopping/gifts is placed in the boot of the car and out of sight. Check that  all windows and doors are shut and locked. 

Celebrations:

  • During the month of December we have many Christmas celebrations and social events to attend: remember pubs, restaurants and other venues are often crowded.
  • Don’t leave bags over the back of your chair where its easy for thieves to run off with them. Keep your bag zip closed and your wallet and mobile safely inside.
  • If you will not be driving to the place make prior arrangements as to how you will get home. Make sure someone knows where you are going and what time you will be back.
  • Avoid any potential distraction on the street and don’t get too drunk as you could become an easy target.

At home:

  • Try to avoid putting Christmas gifts under the tree until Christmas Eve!
  • If you go out in the evening make sure that some lights are left on to make it look like someone is home. However, do not leave your Christmas tree lights on when you are out of the house, as these are a frequently the cause of domestic fires
  • If you are going away for Christmas put an automatic timer on lights and ask a trusted friend to watch the house for you. Don’t forget to cancel newspaper .
  • After Christmas, when taking your rubbish out, make sure that the boxes of your Christmas gifts are not easily visible… burglars will be on the look out to see who received top of the range equipment, worth breaking-in for.

Christmas Decorating Hacks for Your Apartment

Decorating for the Christmas season in a small house or apartment can present multiple challenges, foremost of which is the Christmas tree conundrum. When space is at a premium, it’s not easy to move or even remove furniture to accommodate a real tree. So when a Christmas tree in an apartment is not an option, try these alternative Christmas decorating ideas:

Use wall decals
All you need is a little bit of blank wall to put up this Christmas tree wall decal. The sticker decals are made of vinyl, come in a large range of cheery colours, and are easily removable. They’re even suitable for smooth surfaces like fridges, large furniture and windows.

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A little ribbon goes a long way:
Drape and fasten ribbon (using thumbtacks if you don’t have anywhere to tie it) on a banister, over a window or door, or even on the wall as a handy place to hang Christmas decorations or cards.

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Make a Twig Tree:
Find as many near-straight sticks as you can get your hands on.  Stick to your wall using two-way tape and then decorate! This twig tree is a great option for someone who has a wall but doesn’t have the space to put up an actual tree.

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The driftwood Christmas tree:
If you are lucky enough to live by the coast, take a stroll along the beach to collect pieces of driftwood. You can use driftwood to make a variety of festive or home decor accessories. Add snowflake lights, pom poms and sisal rope to create this fun little tree.

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This PVC pipe Christmas tree:
This tree is for every little thing you love, from teensy toys to mismatched collections of vintage holiday items and all will have a home on this tree. Made with cuttings of PVC pipe, you can easily make the entire tree shown below with a single small and large pipe.

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Simple dowel Christmas tree:
Make your own Christmas tree with a wooden dowels which is an easy tree to put together (and take apart) and it’s not too fancy, so it will be easy to store.

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Book shelf Christmas tree:
If the lounge in your apartment has shelves then why not decorate them with simple decorations and transform your ordinary shelves to something extraordinary with the Christmas theme in mind.

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String of lights tree:
This is a cute alternative Christmas tree and is great for a small apartments, anywhere where you want to put something Christmas-y but don’t want to take up a lot of room.

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