With us all taking to the outdoors to enjoy every second of the beautiful summer sunshine, don’t forget the basics when it comes to personal and home security.
Latest figures show almost one in four home are burglaries during the summer months involves entry through an unsecured door or window.
Most break-ins during the better weather occur late at night between midnight and 4am and in the afternoon between noon and 3pm.
And even theft of gardening equipment rose by 23% in the summer last year compared to winter, while more small tools, bicycles and sports equipment is also stolen between June and September.
What can I do?
It’s really simple – don’t forget the basics!
Here’s our top 7 tips for securing your home so you can focus on catching the rays before they disappear!
- Even if you’re just heading out to your own garden or popping round to the neighbours, make sure you lock your windows (even on the latch) and doors (front and back!) It only takes a second for a burglar to sneak in.
- Be wary of leaving windows open on a warm night when you go to bed. According to The Home Office, 56% of burglaries take place during the evening.
- Don’t leave valuable items in reach of an open window or cat flap if you have one – i.e. keys, wallets/purses, bags, mobile phones or iPads.
- Install a home alarm, so that if the worst happens and there is a break in, you can be alerted quickly and your neighbours can contact the police if necessary. They also act as a good visual deterrent.
- In line with Police advice, home alarms are being installed alongside smart CCTV and visual verification systems to ensure you can keep a careful eye on your home, even when you’re away.
- Be careful about highlighting holiday locations on social media. Even posting holiday photos can be risky, offering an open invitation to criminals that your home is empty. Take the time to check your settings.
- Beware of accepting new friends or connections online if you aren’t associated with them personally. Burglars can pose as ‘friends’ to find out more about you and your home.
The Great Outdoors
With the increase in targeting outbuildings, make sure your gates and sheds are safe and secure.
Again, starting right from the basics, here’s our 7 top tips:
- Secure sheds and garden gates with weatherproof padlocks.
- Consider placing a stand-alone alarm in your shed or garage to alert you to any intruders.
- Secure individual valuables in outbuildings with anchors and cables to prevent these being used to assist a break-in.
- Visibly mark tools and gardening equipment with your postcode and house number - this can deter thieves and help police identify the rightful owner.
- Make sure CCTV can capture all angles of your home, garden and property boundaries.
- Check your hedges and shrubs in the front garden to avoid giving a burglar a screen behind, which they can hide.
- After a day in the garden, remember to put tools, BBQ and toys in a locked shed or garage overnight as expensive outdoor equipment can be a very tempting proposition for opportunistic thieves.
Make it as difficult as possible for a potential intruder to access or succeed in stealing anything whilst they are on (or in) your property. The harder it is for them, the more likely they are likely to cause disruption and be caught in the act!
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