New homes being placed at risk over Christmas
12th Dec 2012
First-time buyers who have decorated their new home in time for Christmas could be putting their property at risk.
If it is the first time that they have enjoyed the festive season in their own abode, then it is important to be aware of various security issues.
Research from Santander revealed that one in six homes will be vacant over the holiday period, while one million households are risking fires by leaving their Christmas tree lights on while the property is empty.
Furthermore, first-time buyers who are users of social media could be alerting criminals to the vacancy of their home by posting information on their whereabouts over Christmas.
"It's important to protect your home over the festive period as darker nights and an abundance of valuable gifts mean that burglary and opportunistic crime is rife at this time of year. However, leaving Christmas tree lights on for a prolonged period is a potential fire hazard," advised Richard Al-Dabbagh from Santander.
Posted by Staff Writer: Frances McDonald
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