Now the nights are drawing in, home security should be high on everyone’s agenda.
Crime statistics show burglaries increase by up to 38% when the clocks change, as thieves take advantage of the darker evenings, enabling better places to hide and easier chances to getaway unnoticed.
Here, we have put together a handy checklist to help you make sure your home is secure during the dark winter months.
71% of homes still don’t have a working burglar alarm. Don’t be tempted to buy a dummy alarm just because they’re cheaper, as a determined burglar will easily be able tell the difference. It’s worth investing in a high quality alarm system from a trusted name. And with the smart alarms available today, you can conveniently control it all from your mobile.
Let There Be Light!
The shortening of daylight hours provides more cover for those looking to break-in to your house, with increasingly earlier sunsets allowing for better cover and protection. An easy way to target burglars using this method of concealment is to employ exterior lighting, timed to come on between sunset and dawn. And don't forget to light up the back of the home as well as the front!
Smile! You’re On Camera
Security cameras are an easy way to improve the safety of your home. Coupled with visual verification, these are the perfect device because they act as a clear deterrent, whilst also ensuring you have a high level of visibility at all times. As there are over one million burglaries and attempted burglaries every year, increasing visibility and monitoring at your home is essential (and Police recommended) and these devices could help catch assailants responsible for breaking into your home.
Hide Your Valuables (and Presents!)
You may be a pro at keeping laptops and cash out of sight, but you should also consider IDs and car documents, especially with the reported rise in ID fraud. With vehicle thefts increasing too, burglars look for high value cars and break in to steal keys and documents. They might even break a window/put a hook through the letterbox to get your keys and let themselves in. This is especially critical in the lead up to Christmas when you’re likely to have more valuable presents in the home than normal (and the determined burglar will know this!)
Don’t Forget the Basics
We know with the pressures of everyday life, home security is often overlooked. And this may explain why more than 6,000 burglaries have occurred with intruders using keys to gain access. Perhaps this isn’t surprising when 29% of householders admit to leaving a key outside! Even more concerning is one in three people admit to leaving their doors unlocked when they leave the house.
So whilst it may sound obvious, don’t forget the basics of home security. And to make sure, why not investigate the very latest smart home security solutions that can integrate all your security into one system, including CCTV, alarms, lighting and locking, for your added peace of mind to ensure you can protect what’s precious.
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