There are a number of reasons why burglaries increase during autumn and winter. Nights are longer, providing more opportunities for break-ins under the cover of darkness – plus, the run up to Christmas and the New Year is a very social season, meaning it’s more likely for houses to be vacant well into the evening.
So what can you do to reduce the risk of burglary and keep your property secure? The team at LockShop Direct has some tips.
- Keep a Light On While You’re Out
Having a room in your home glowing with light is likely to put off would-be criminals, as it will suggest that there is still someone home and they won’t want to risk coming face to face with a member of the household.
Even a small, low-energy lamp can make a difference.
- Install CCTV
Not only will close circuit television record any trespassers, but it may actually dissuade thieves from breaking in – as they’ll see the cameras and know they’re being watched.
You can now receive a live feed from your home’s CCTV system direct to your smartphone, so you can check on your property. This particular set up only starts recording when it senses movement, and highlights particular events so you can find them easily after the fact.
- Add an Alarm
Motion-sensing burglar alarms serve as great deterrents – especially in the dark when visibility is low.
Modern alarm models do a great deal more than create noise when they sense movement. The ERA Invincible Dual Network Alarm Kit works alongside a smartphone app that can send personalised text messages whenever the alarm is triggered or disarmed.
It includes alerts for intrusion, emergency, disarm, power failure/recovery, flood and smoke – plus it’s pet friendly and can be controlled via the app from anywhere in the world.
- Secure Your Windows
- Install Anti-snap Cylinder Locks
If you’re looking for a superb addition to your external door security, an anti-snap lock will work well.
These locks work in a similar way to other cylinder locks, but they include a false-front that snaps off when a burglar tries to break in by force. This means the door remains locked and usable, but it is now much more difficult to break into as the lock no longer extends out of the door leaf.
By making all of the above changes and keeping valuables out of sight and away from windows, you can ensure that your home remains secure through the winter months.
For more information about the home security equipment available from LockShop Direct, simply browse our products or contact us on 0845 830 0832 or via firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have. We will be very happy to assist you.