Posted on 11 October 2017
October is National Home Security Month and with a 25% spike in home burglaries during the autumn and winter months, we’ve put together some simple tips to help keep your home and possessions secure.
- Lock doors
In 70% of burglaries, the offender gained entry through a door. This may sound like a basic measure, but making sure you lock doors when you leave the house out or go to bed makes a burglar’s chance of entering your home much more difficult. Don’t forget to lock your shed, garage and any side and/or back gate.
- Lock windows
Where window locks are fitted, do keep the keys safe as it’s residents’ responsibility to replace these, and lock windows when not in use, even if you are in for the evening and especially when you are leaving the house or going to bed.
- Lights on
60% of burglaries take place between 6pm and 6am. Leaving the lights on when you go out in the evening will create the illusion that there’s someone at home and reduce the chance of a potential break in. Consider leaving lights on a timer, leaving the radio playing and ensuring valuables are out of sight.
A home without a security system is 300% more likely to be burgled. Installing an alarm in a place where it can be easily seen is an effective visual deterrent. An alarm will alert neighbours of a potential intrusion, giving you peace of mind while you are away from home.
- Hide keys
Leaving a spare key outside your home under the doormat or flowerpot is extremely risky. If you need to leave a spare key for a forgetful family member, consider a secure key lock box mounted to a wall.
Only 9% of property taken during burglaries is recovered - make sure your home and its contents are insured.