The first thought people typically have when the clocks go back for winter, is that they get an extra hour’s sleep, but there is something more serious to think about and that is to be increasingly vigilant now that the nights are growing darker. Unfortunately, this is the time when burglars become more troublesome and opportunistic.
With that in mind, we thought we’d collate some tips found on the web and share these with you, in the hope that we can all survive the winter burglary free:
- Be sure to lock all doors and windows, securely before you leave the house or go to bed.
- Don’t forget to lock garages and sheds, these are often considered an easy target by thieves.
- If you have a burglar alarm, use it! You’d be surprised how many people don’t.
- Make sure that side gates are closed and locked. Garden fences should ideally be prohibitively high (approaching 2m).
- Use lighting around the perimeter of your home. Yes, we’re a little biased but security lights are a proven deterrent and they’re not as expensive as they used to be.
- If you’re planning to be away from home for any period of time, consider investing in lighting timers or socket-based timers.
- Don’t leave valuables where burglars could see them.
- Lastly, if you see any suspicious behaviour, report it to your local police service (though only use 999 if you believe a crime is in process).
The following infographic from Yale.co.uk is great for highlighting the statistics:
The clocks went back on Sunday 30th October, so we hope you remembered to turn your clocks back on Saturday night and bagged yourself an extra hour in bed!
Have you suffered at the hands of burglars and do you have any security tips to share? Leave them in the comments below.