During winter there are less daylight hours and we’re so often leaving the house in the dark or returning to it in darkness when we go to work. The downside of the increased hours of darkness is the increase in burglaries or attempted burglaries during the winter months.
Here are some tips to help keep your home secure:
Alarms – Alarm systems or even evidence of an alarm on a property are a deterrent to burglars, they’re more likely to bypass your home if you have this measure in place.
Communication – Ensure that everyone in your home knows how secure you wish to make it. Even if you have guests staying, a quick briefing is worthwhile. Remind them to lock doors, keep windows shut when they’re not in the rooms, keep lights on in certain rooms even when leaving the house and if they are not always coming and going with you, you may need to make them aware of your alarms or security systems to ensure they’re activated correctly.
Lighting – If you’re leaving and returning to your house during darker hours of the day, it’s worth putting your lights on a timer. When you leave lighting to come on whilst you are out of the house, ensure it’s in main rooms such as your kitchen or living room not to just the hallway for example, this will give the appearance that someone is in and deter a burglar.
Lock Up – Make sure that all doors are locked at all times, even when you’re at home get into the good habit. If you can also lock all windows during winter, this will add to the security of your home. If you have UPVC doors, ensure that these are double locked. Don’t forget about your garage or shed locks, these should remain locked at all times.
Keys – Whether you have guests arriving whilst you’re out or allowing friends to access your property whilst you’re not there, don’t leave keys under mats or flower pots outside your property. It’s better to arrange for guests to come to you to collect a set of keys. Burglars are aware of the keys under the mat and will seek to find these. Also, if a burglar does gain access to your property, they will focus on finding wallets and bags to get hold of keys. Therefore, leave keys out of site, not in hallways or at the bottom of the stairs.
For further tips and security assistance speak to J-Tech Systems in Croydon. They specialise in the installation, maintenance and service of intruder alarms, access control and CCTV systems.
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