October marks the start of National Home Security Month (NHSM), and homeowners are being reminded to take a few simple steps to enhance home security this winter.
As the clocks go back and the cold winter nights draw in, millions of homes could be left vulnerable to opportunistic thieves.
Fear not, as Anglian Home Improvements has revealed its top tips on how property owners can safeguard their home and stay protected this winter:
Burglars are often opportunists and will take advantage of your home looking obviously unoccupied. If you are out and about this winter, keep up the illusion of usual routines as much as possible. Consider installing timers so lights, televisions and music systems are switched on and off in your absence. Outdoor movement activated lights also act as a deterrent, as burglars don’t like drawing attention to themselves.
2.Up close and personal
If you’re heading off for some much-needed winter sun, resist the temptation to shout about this on your social media channels; and always be sure to let a trusted neighbour know you’ll be away so they can keep an eye out for anything suspicious. Your Facebook photo album of your winter escape can wait until you are home!
3.Alert your alarm company
To ensure your alarm company can react as efficiently as possible in case of a break-in, make sure you alert them before you go away. On average, 97% of burglar alarms are false, therefore it will help to let your alarm company know before you leave to ensure it is appropriately reactive in case of an alert.
Did you know three out of ten burglaries occur without intruders needing to use force, by taking advantage of open or weak locks – and with 30% of all break-ins occurring through windows? Fitted with state of the art cylinder locks as standard, Anglian’s brand new composite doors offer a high level of security. If you are unsure about the security of any of your fittings or locks, consider replacing them immediately to ensure you can leave your home with peace of mind at all times.
Caroline Mills, Head of Marketing Communications for Anglian Home Improvements, said: “We know home burglaries spike during certain times of the year, which is why we’re urging people to take time to review basic home security this winter. Whilst in a lot of cases it is simply just unfortunate bad luck with their home being targeted, there are simple steps homeowners can take to deter opportunistic thieves.
“For more than 50 years, Anglian Home Improvements has played an important role in helping homeowners have a cosy winter, safe in the knowledge their doors and windows won’t let them down. We realise the importance of providing peace of mind to our customers. This is why we focus on the security features of our windows and doors to prevent any unauthorised access to your home.”
For more information on Anglian Home Improvements, please visit www.anglianhome.co.uk.