Around four-and-a-half million homeowners will be leaving their property vacant for more than 24 hours over the Christmas period.
This is according to research from the bank Santander, which raises concerns over security and safety during the festive season, as many properties will be at risk of burglary if they do not take appropriate measures.
It was discovered that nine per cent of UK residents will be away on Christmas Day, while seven per cent will be absent from their property on Boxing Day.
The company found that a quarter of Brits will leave Christmas lights on to trick would-be thieves into thinking there is someone in their home, but this kind of approach can raise fire concerns.
As an alternative, it may be more advisable for home insurance
policyholders to leave the main lights on when going out, as these are less of a hazard.,
The bank has also recommended people to not post their whereabouts over the festive period to social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook, as this could inform burglars that their property is vacant.
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