Break ins are all too common these days, with 217,001 recorded in 2010. What’s more frightening than that figure, is the fact that 20% of households burgled, were burgled more than once. Also, in 31% of these break-ins, nothing was stolen! These are scary statistics, so we have put together our top 10 tips to help you protect your home this winter.
1. Lighting control system
As the days get shorter, the more hours of the day it is dark. A dark home is attractive to burglers as it is easier for them to get in and out un-noticed. So investing in a lighting control system can be a fantastic way to make your home less appealing to a burglar as there is not only more chance of them being seen but also tricking them into thinking you are at home.
2. Security alarm system
Any kind of deterrent decreases the likelihood of intruders picking your home above others. It can also make the intruder leave quickly if the alarm is set off. This can help reduce what damage occurs if a burglary is in motion. A good home security system can use perimeter protection and pre-entry detection which can prevent a break-in before it’s even happened.
TIP: Also remember to highlight that you have a home security system. Use stickers on your windows to show you have a system in place to make a potential burglar think twice.
3. Light entry to the property
Most burglaries happen after dark, 32% in the evening and 23% during the night. As discussed it's important to have a lighting system in your home, but what about the areas surrounding your home? A well-lit property gives a potential burglar less places to hide as they approach your property and makes it easy for passer-by’s to see anyone suspicious hanging around outside. Investing in a motion sensor light is a great way to increase your home security at night and in the winter months when the darkness starts early. A burglar approaching your home will often by startled by the sudden light and it also gives you an opportunity to see who is approaching the property if you are in at the time.
4. Keep front garden tidy
An untrimmed hedge, stack of rubbish bags or unused garden furniture littered around the garden all give a potential burglar a place to hide from sight as people walk past your property. Try to keep your front and back garden tidy to avoid giving somebody a route to sneak up to your property without being seen.
5. Lock your windows and doors
Can you honestly say every window and door in your house is locked? Any window and door (no matter how small) can be an entry point for intruders if un-locked. Always remember to lock your windows and doors to prevent giving a potential burglar an easy way in.
6. Invest in a CCTV system
A CCTV system is a fantastic deterrent and prevents burglars from targeting a property. It can also be used as a way to prosecute an offender in the unfortunate event you do get burgled. To make the most of your CCTV system, have it focused on the main areas of entry such as the front and back door and by the side of the property where people can get in unnoticed. Also put stickers in your windows to inform people you have a CCTV system and it is monitoring around your property at all times.
7. Glass Choice
Viridian IntruderGuard looks like normal glass yet provides a barrier to forced entry that is 20 times harder to break through than standard float glass and it achieves this without making a building look like a fortress. IntruderGuard is specifically developed to offer a resilient and enduring barrier for vulnerable entry points across a broad range of applications. IntruderGuard is 7.52mm laminated glass and provides extra resistance to penetration because its interlayer is four times thicker than normal laminated glass. We can fit this glass to many of our windows, so contact us to discuss options.
8. Stop hiding keys
Don’t hide keys around your home! These secret hiding spots can give someone easy access to your property. If you need someone to have access to your property, then give them a key – don’t leave one around your home.
9. Security Screens
Security screens for your doors and windows can deter intruders, as they make it difficult for them to gain access to your property. Just seeing these are on your property might be enough to deter the intruders all together.
10. Secure your shed
Making sure your shed is secure is important to help prevent your shed getting broken into of course, but it’s also important as a shed often contains lots of tools which can assist a burglar. If your shed isn’t secure a burglar could use your own tools against you to get access to your home. Invest in a good padlock for your shed and ensure there are no gaps which could be used to break open the shed.
Also check how secure your windows and doors are… how old are they? Do they have any weak points? We can assist with Door and Window replacement as well as security screens for your property.
Using these tips you can greatly improve the security of your home.