Don’t let the silly season get the better of you

Tips for keeping your home safe over Christmas

  1. Make your home less attractive to thieves.

Do this by investing in outdoor lighting and other visual deterrents such as alarms and CCTV cameras. If you are away for a period of time over the festive season, make it look like the house is still occupied.

  1. Check your alarm is in working order

Make sure your home alarm is in good working order prior to leaving for holidays.

  1. Protect your valuables

Never leave valuables in sight and consider investing in a safe for additional protection.

  1. Keep your presents safe

Expensive gifts on show under the tree are an invitation for burglars, as is any gift packaging left outside the home advertising any new and expensive items inside.

  1. Watch your posts on social media

Avoid publishing your holiday plans on social media.

  1. Position Christmas decorations strategically

Be aware of where you position your Christmas decorations, keeping in mind you want to ensure windows or doors are not obstructed.

  1. Leaving windows open

It may be warm and it’s tempting to keep the home open, but be aware of leaving windows and doors without security screens, open in empty rooms, especially if you are entertaining at the back of the house.

BREAK OUT: CHRISTMAS PARTY PLANNING

During the silly season there are plenty of things to think about, including if your office premises are safe and secure in the lead up to and during the holiday closure time.

The office Christmas party is always an opportunity to celebrate a successful year, but an important aspect to consider is the wellbeing of staff during Christmas parties.

Some things to consider include:

  • Health and safety of those attending
  • A clear end time
  • Do not endorse after parties
  • Ensure you have adequate insurance coverage
  • Alcohol – ensure there is RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) in place, particularly for a private party and ensure there are non-alcoholic options available
  • Consider transport options for staff to leave safely
  • Have a plan in place for any incidents
  • Review your office policies, particularly surrounding bullying, discrimination and adverse action and remind staff of these prior to the event.