Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, but ensuring your home 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 house 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.
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.
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.
Chas EverittFalse Bay would like to extend a warm welcome to their two new agents Hazel Tappen and Sandra van der Merwe to their Fish Hoek office. Both Hazel and Sandra are experienced realtors who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Chas Everitt team.
Hazel and Sandra are experienced in selling residential property in the Fish Hoek area.
“We are thrilled to gain two new agents at our Fish Hoek office, and we are look forward to working with Hazel and Sandra,” said Scott Tait, sales manager of the Fish Hoek Office.
Contact the Fish Hoek property specialists, Hazel and Sandra on 021 784 1640 for any property queries for Fish Hoek.
TheFish Hoek blog and Chas Everitt are happy to bring you the key information for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, including dates and times for every fixture in Australia and New Zealand. The tournament will be jointly held across Australia and New Zealand in February and March 2015. The first matches will be played in Christchurch and Melbourne on 14 February, with the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 29 March.
No more confusing PDFs, no more outdated schedules that are almost as frustrating as the power outages themselves – News24 has developed a nifty app that allows you to check exactly when your neighbourhood will be hit by load shedding.
The free web application, Grid Watch allows users to type in their suburb name, and will then churn out an easy-to-understand schedule that shows when your area is set for a power outage, depending on what schedule (Schedule 1, 2, 3A, 3B) Eskom is operating on at the time.
The best part? The app will show you schedules for the next two weeks.
The news site reportedly has plans to develop the app for Android and iOS, so you can check it out on the go.
The new schedules below are designed around the days of the month and reflect Eskom’s decision to implement loadshedding nationally on a regular basis and over weekends. They replace the previous schedules, which were designed around days of the week and were applicable for occasional loadshedding during peak demand times.
Loadshedding stages depend on the extent of the shortage of generation capacity to meet the country’s electricity demand, with stage 1 being the least serious, and stage 3b being the most serious.
Loadshedding outages generally last for about 2,5 hours, with one area being affected at a time during stage 1 and four areas being affected at a time during stage 3b.
So the end of the year is just around the bend and I’m sure you couldn’t be happier! There are those of you who will already have your end-of-year holiday planned to a tee. Then, of course, there are those who haven’t even had time to think about it. Either way, the holiday season is coming up and you’ve got to be ready. Whether you are traveling across an ocean, driving to somewhere amazing in South Africa, or even staying put at home, you’ll want to be ready no matter what.
Now to make sure you are ready for your incredible holiday, we’ve put together a helpful checklist to make sure your getaway trip doesn’t unexpectedly break down. Make sure you have the following before you hit the road:
House-sitter – Just one less thing to worry about.
Suntan lotion – For obvious reasons.
Your smile – So often overlooked but can make or break a vacation.
Phone charger – Or even better one for your car. You don’t want to lose connection with the world.
Cash for souvenirs – Be that cool friend, it’ll score you major points.
Your trusty camera – To capture all the amazing memories and moments along the way.
ID/Passport – Proof that you are a proud South African!
Entertainment – Like books, music, board games and more; it’s time to start chilling out your way.
Map/GPS – The sooner you get to your personal paradise, the better!
Emergency Numbers – Save the person to contact in an emergency under ICE (In Case of Emergency)