Each year as British Summer Time ends and the long dark nights draw in, insurers warn homeowners to be vigilant. Indeed, last year, data from Halifax Home Insurance recorded 4,175 winter burglary claims in the previous year, an increase of 24 per cent compared to the summer months.
Many of us are guilty of overlooking home security but it’s never too late to review or update the measures we take to safeguard our properties and perimeters. Whether you have minimal security devices or a home burglar alarm there are always ways of safeguarding your property.
There is no doubt that the cover of darkness assists intruders, however there are many steps that we homeowners can take to reduce our chances of being burgled, such as ensuring burglar alarms are working, installing security lights or even installing CCTV.
Whilst we all think we leave our homes safe and sound, many of us fail to take even the simplest home security measures that can help deter criminals.
Secure your doors and windows
Despite being an obvious measure, many homeowners when asked, admit they don’t always lock doors and windows properly before leaving their properties. Failing to do this not only leaves homes exposed to potential burglaries but could also void many insurance policies, which have strict clauses when it comes to locks.
Security Lights and other deterrents
Security lights are an effective mechanism when trying to thwart intruders. The light exposes unwanted attention and this threat of detection acts as a powerful deterrent.
Other simple DIY home security tricks include having gravel paths and drives and garden gates, again if it’s hard to access your home without being seen or heard then there’s a greater chance an intruder will be put off.
It’s always a good idea to have a spare key – we’ve all had that sinking feeling when we realise we’ve lost a house key, but most security experts agree hiding a key somewhere outside puts homeowners at significant risk. Burglars are likely to know where to look – under a plant pot, next to the front door or under the doormat is definitely not a good idea!
Home Burglar Alarms
Of course, if in doubt, home burglar alarms are one of the most reliable tools in terms of domestic crime prevention. Having a burglar alarm system is one of the most effective methods of deterring intruders or signalling that there has been a breach in your home’s security.
Having said this, the market for such products is broad and offerings can vary from one manufacturer to the next. In their simplest form, a burglar alarm includes just the skeleton sensors necessary to detect an intrusion (door, window, and motion) notifying the homeowner with an audible noise.
An alarm ‘system’ extends this to also include fire and smoke detectors whilst a home security system can include additional services such as 24/7 monitoring by a central station, security cameras and remote control via your personal device.
Wireless home alarm packages are also popular choices and include the very latest security technology so that you can have peace of mind when travelling or not at home.
Whatever the type of security systems you choose, applying common sense and taking basic security measures such as those listed above is also vital if you want to deter burglars and keep your home safe.