With the darker months upon us and the evenings drawing in, it’s important to safeguard your property from potential security risks.
Fewer daylight hours means it’s easier for trespassers to go un-noticed and break an entry.
Whether your property is currently vacant or occupied – be it with tenants or yourself and your family – there are a few safety measures you can implement to keep your property safe this winter…
1. Exterior security light
Adding an exterior security light to the front and back of your property is a good way to deter unwanted guests before they can reach the doors or windows. It also alerts you, or any dogs you might have, that someone is there.
Additionally, having a gravel driveway can be a good deterrent to burglars as the sound will alert homeowners.
2. Install CCTV
If possible, investing in a CCTV system is another way to scare off intruders. And if a break-in should occur, the footage will also help the police find them.
You can now also buy cameras that allow you to monitor your home remotely via your smartphone or tablet which is great if you’re away from the property.
3. Install a burglar alarm
A burglar alarm is a great investment. Not only do they keep your home safe, but if an entry is broken and the alarm is triggered, it usually causes the burglars to run off without having a chance to take your belongings.
They also attract the attention of your neighbours who might see someone you don’, and installing one could also reduce your home insurance premiums.
4. Give the impression you’re at home
Most burglaries happen when the occupants are either not at the property or fast asleep.
Another way to put burglars off is by making them think someone’s home and awake at all times.
You could leave the radio or television on along with a downstairs light; however, this is not very energy efficient and can be costly over-time.
Alternatively, use an energy-efficient plug-in security timer as these switch a light on and off in a random pattern to give the impression that someone is home.
An obvious tip but one that’s commonly overlooked…
5. Make sure your home is secure
If your front door is weak or the lock is loose, this makes it extremely easy for intruders to gain access.
Additionally, if you leave your windows open this is also an invitation to criminals. Make sure your access points to the property are strong and secure.
6. Hide all valuables
Make sure valuable possessions are out of sight and ensure you have the right level of cover in the event of a break-in.
This is particularly important with the festive season around the corner as households tend to have more expensive items in the home than normal.
The same goes for your vehicle keys, never leave them near the front door as it’s common for thieves to retrieve them through the letterbox.