Seasons Greeting

Well its that time of year again…we would like to wish you and your families a Merry and safe Xmas.

Our Offices will be shut on the Statutory holidays but will be open on the days in between.

On a side note just a little information for you to remember

Burglars Don’t Take Holidays

With your summer holiday just around the corner now is the best time to check your doors, windows and locks to prevent a break-in and losing your important property. Many burglars who break into houses don’t actually break-in, they enter through unlocked doors and windows. Last year the Insurance Council of NZ reported there were about 3,100 burglary-related claims from private homes and commercial premises in New Zealand over the holiday period.

Here are some useful tips for preventing break-ins and burglaries:

Don’t advertise that you are away, it’s a good idea to have lights come on at night on a timer.

Ask a neighbour or friend to regularly clear your mail box.

Install deadbolts on all exterior doors, including the internal door to the garage.

Ensure the windows and sliding doors have the correct locks fitted.

Keep the outside of your house well-lit to help reduce the risk of a break-in. Sensor lights are a good idea in this instance.

Ensure that all sheds and outbuildings are locked.

Keep your trees and shrubbery trimmed. An overgrown garden gives burglars more privacy.

If you have given a set of keys to people previously, i.e. tenants, change the locks.

Avoid hiding a key outside, instead leave a spare with a friend or trusted neighbour.

And finally, always lock your house, even if you are only going out for a short time.