Top 10 tips for securing your home this summer

As the weather heats up many of us will be opening windows and doors to let in the sunshine, but it’s important to think about protecting your home.

With the current heatwave that's going on right now the last thing on peoples minds is home security. Summer is a peak period for home and outdoor burglaries. Let us help you stay safe with some following tips and precautions that can be taken in order to help you get the most of this warm weather!

With this in mind, the following tips can help you protect your belongings over the warmer months.

  1. According to The Home Office, 56% of burglaries take place during the evening, so be wary of leaving windows open on a warm night when you go to bed.
  2. Don’t leave valuable items in reach of an open window or cat flap if you have one – i.e. keys, wallets/purses, bags, mobile phones or iPads.
  3. Install a home alarm, so that if the worst happens and there is a break in, you can be alerted quickly and your neighbours can contact the police if necessary. They also act as a good visual deterrent.
  4. After a day in the garden, remember to put tools and toys in a locked shed or garage overnight as expensive outdoor equipment can be a very tempting proposition for opportunistic thieves.
  5. Caravans and motorhomes are also at risk during the summer months. Yale offers inexpensive battery-powered stand-alone alarms, which are ideal for securing mobile homes.
  6. Always lock your doors and windows, even when you’re at home or in the garden – it only takes a minute for a burglar to sneak in.
  7. For maximum protection, secure external timber doors using a mortice lock and/or nightlatch that meets British Standard BS3621.
  8. If you have a PVCu or composite door it is a good idea to upgrade the euro profile cylinder in the multipoint lock to a British Standard TS007 3 star Kitemark cylinder.
  9. ‘Checking in’ at holiday locations on social media or posting holiday photos can be risky, offering an open invitation to criminals, so take the time to check your settings.
  10. Also beware of accepting new friends or connections online if you aren’t associated with them personally. Burglars can pose as ‘friends’ to find out more about you and your home.

(Source: http://www.homesecuritymonth.com/top-10-tips-securing-home-summer/  -2015)