If you’ve spent a lot of your time outdoors over the spring and summer months, you will have noticed that it’s quickly getting darker earlier. It will do even more when the clocks go back towards the end of the month.
One group of people will welcome this, namely, any burglars in your area. They are far more likely to chance their arm and try to break into people’s homes in the dark than in the daytime, and your home might be one of the places they have their eye on.
October just so happens to be National Home Security Month, and you can find a string of home security tips on the official website for the annual initiative.
Amber Home Improvements has a few tips of its own that are well worth paying attention to if you want to outfox thieves:
Install a working burglar alarm
Most of us treasure our homes, which makes it all the more remarkable that only a third of UK homes have a burglar alarm. It’s predominantly for this reason that a burglary occurs every 106 seconds in this country.
Can you afford to replace £3,000 worth of stolen goods, the average cost of a burglary?
You are far more likely to be able to afford to pay only £200+ for a bells-only, silent, wireless or dialler burglar alarm.
For that amount of money, why would you risk using a dummy alarm, or have no alarm at all?
Don’t leave a spare key out
You’re very naïve if you readily leave a spare key outside under a doormat or plant pot as thieves know to look in such places before making a forced entrance into someone’s home.
It’s highly unlikely that you will get a penny from your home insurer if a thief gets in and robs your possessions thanks to a stray spare key.
It’s much safer to just get a spare key cut for anyone who might need one. We’re literally talking a few quid per spare key, compared to a break-in potentially costing you thousands of pounds.
Fit a more secure set of windows and doors
If they have no luck finding a spare key, a thief will turn their attention to your windows and doors next to see if they can somehow get them open.
Pretend to be a thief and see if your windows and doors can take excess pressure, giving them a firm push when locked to see if they move at all.
Any movement in them should signal a change of windows and doors. You won’t get any of that in modern replacements as they have robust, sophisticated locking systems that ensure they stay fixed shut when locked.
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