Amthal Fire & Security is supporting Police in St Albans' calls for residents in the area to be on their guard after a noticeable sharp rise in burglary in the city and district.
In the latest news, since the beginning of October the Police have reported 65 burglaries where homes have been targeted. Over the same period last year, 49 burglaries took place – this is an increase of 25 per cent and an additional 16 victims.
Says Jamie Allam of Amthal Fire & Security: “The last few months of the year, as the lead into Christmas is traditionally a high month for burglaries as would-be thieves take advantage of the darker nights and high value presents we store in our homes.
“Therefore it’s more important than ever to make sure your home is safe and secure during the festive period. And it only takes simple measures including being vigilant and taking small actions to ensure we can work together to combat the burglary spike occurring this year.”
Amthal Fire & Security offers the following advice alongside St Albans Police to ensure you can keep your home and possessions safe and secure:
- Start with the basics: When you go out, ensure all windows, upstairs and downstairs and even the smallest are locked and secure. Also don’t forget to fully engage the front and back door locking features.
- Alarm systems: Make sure you have invested in a smart alarm for your home as latest statistics show that 60% of burglaries attempted on homes fitted with one are unsuccessful.
- CCTV: With latest Police advice to fit CCTV to your home, latest solutions means you can even check on your home from your mobile phone when you are out.
- Sheds, Garages and Outbuildings: Sheds and garages are often used to store larger, more expensive presents like bicycles and televisions. Plus, they often contain ladders and tools that could prove useful for a burglar. Both makes them prime targets so keep them secure.
- Gardens: Fences and thorny hedges act as a visible and practical deterrent, although it is a good idea to ensure that the house is still visible to passers-by, so as not to allow a thief to work unseen. Consider fitting movement sensitive security lights to the front and back of your home.
- Give your home the ‘lived-in look’ even when you’re out with time switches for lamps and lights.
- Don’t be distracted: Be careful who you welcome into your home with concerns over distraction burglary. As the elderly are particularly vulnerable, consider fitting a door chain, spy hole or new digital door viewers so you know who exactly is at the door. Where necessary, ask for ID to confirm the identity of callers.
- Sign up or start your own neighbourhood watch scheme, as it is fact that crime is lower in areas where they operate.
Jamie concludes: “The most important way we can protect ourselves, our home and our possessions from burglary is to work together and stay vigilant. This is why we are working closely with the Police to share advice and urging homeowners to take the necessary security steps, even if you’re only popping out for a few minutes. We want to make sure Santa Claus is the only surprise visitor in your home this Christmas!”
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