CHRISTMAS SECURITY TIPS


It has been sung for many years that Christmas should be the most wonderful time of the year. (Andy Williams)

Many of our clients are closing over the festive holidays and this poses a multitude of risks that can make Christmas the least wonderful time…

At SMS, we want you all to have an amazing time with your families and friends, so here are some of our tips for a safe and festive season!  If you are going away, these could apply to both your home and your work premises.

Buildings unattended
If you are leaving for the holidays, you may choose to leave your buildings ‘alone’ over Christmas.  If that’s the case, take note of these points:
  1. Turn off geyser:  apart from the electricity you will save, it also limits the possibility of your geyser bursting and having you arrive back at work (or home) to a flooded mess!
  2. Inform neighbours:  if you don’t know your neighbours yet… take them some mince-pies and ask them to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity whilst you are away.
  3. Inform us:  we will be able to increase patrols whilst you are away to have added peace of mind that someone is watching your home for you.
  4. Have someone collect mail/newpapers: if you receive mail or newspaper deliveries to your home, an accumulation of this will alert theives that your home is vacant and a prime target for a hit.
  5. Install a timer switch for lights:  timer switches are fairly inexpensive and are a clever way to keep your internal lights active in the evening.  Set them to turn on at dusk, and off later in the evening.  The more advanced digital switches can control multiple units and have different timings for different days.  (We can assist with timer switch installation if you are unable to install it yourself.)


House sitter
If you have pets, or a large house in an open area, you may have booked a house/pet sitter.  Here are some tips for you:
  1. Someone you trust:  it is always best to try and use someone that you trust.  However, if it is someone that you do not know personally, ask one of your friends to pop in occasionally to ensure that everything is okay.
  2. Inform neighbours:  if you don’t know your neighbours yet… take them some mince-pies and ask them to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity whilst you are away.
  3. Inform us:  please let us know if someone else will be staying in your house so that we are aware.
  4. Contact numbers:  make sure that all of your contact numbers are available to the sitter.  Include our emergency number in the list - (082) 528 9662. If you will be travelling through several destinations, have your itinerary available with landlines where applicable.  If your cellphone battery dies or you are outside of reception areas, they will still be able to contact you.  You are welcome to send this information to us, should we need to contact you in an emergency on behalf of your house-sitter.

On that note, we wish all of our staff and clients a safe and blessed festive season!  Our offices will be open throughout December so please phone us if you need anything.  If you have any more ideas – please let us know!  You can also check out our Facebook Page and post your wishes and advice there!

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