Home security: 12 ways to deter burglars this Christmas

A former burglar and the police reveal how to keep your house secure over the festive season. Lisa Salmon finds out more.

If you’re looking forward to Christmas, bear in mind that thieves are gleefully anticipating it too – last year, there was a substantial increase in insurance claims for burglaries in winter, particularly over the Christmas period.

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How to stay safe in heavy rain and flooding

Cancel your garden parties and load up on sandbags.

It’s been a funny old summer, to say the least.

Record-setting heat has cooked the European continent, interspersed with cracks of forked lightning flashing across the sky. Now a set of storm warnings bring the latest twist in the tale, predicting torrential rain and possible flooding in some parks of the UK.