The winter months can unfortunately bring with them an increased risk of home break-ins. While you may not be able to completely eliminate the risk of a home invasion, there are some simple things you can do to help reduce your risk.
How Can You Secure Your Home This Winter?
1. Fit an Alarm to Your Home
If you can afford to do so, fitting a house alarm to your property is a great way of keeping your home safe from potential burglars. Not only will a visible house alarm act as a deterrent to those who may be thinking of breaking into your home, having an alarm in place will ensure that you a neighbour or your alarm company will be notified if someone has attempted to enter your home.
2. Double Check Your Doors and Windows
With temperatures starting to dip slightly in the past few days you may have found yourself double-checking your doors and windows for draughts, but now is also the time to check that all your locks are in working order. A potential burglar is likely to test your doors and windows hoping for easy access to your home. Ensuring that you use these locks when your property is unattended and that they are in working condition will make your home that bit more like a fortress.
3. Think Like a Burglar
Sometimes thinking like the enemy can have advantages, particularly when it comes to keeping your property safe. Never leave a key outside your home, leave your spare key with a trusted friend or neighbour.
4. Lights on Even When Nobody’s Home
Unfortunately the winter months can see an increase in burglaries as thieves look to take advantage of the reduced daylight and our ordinarily busy social lives. However, this winter many of us are likely to be spending more time in our homes which should help reduce the risk but could lead to people forgetting about home security when they are out for the evening. If you’re planning on being out late, leave a light on (or fit a timer to turn your lights on and off automatically throughout the evening) to give the illusion that someone is home.
5. Tidy Up the Garden
While the gardening and DIY season is behind us, many people will have ladders or tools scattered in their garden, convinced that they’ll have an opportunity to finish any work they didn’t get around to during the summer. Tidying up these tools is a must ahead of winter as not only can valuable power tools catch a burglar’s attention, but a ladder could be used to smash a window or force your door open.
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