How to sleep soundly while burglars are about on the dark winter nights
Picture the scene…with only a few days to Christmas, you’re fully prepared with the turkey bought, family arrangements made and all your presents bought, wrapped and sitting under the tree. Then, on arriving home one evening, the unthinkable has happened; you’ve been burgled. After the initial shock, you find that the iPads you bought for your children are gone, as are those must-have toys, jewellery and sentimental keepsakes.
This scenario is played out up and down the country year-on-year at Christmas. Unfortunately, home burglaries start to increase in frequency as soon as the clocks go back in October and longer nights start drawing in.
Some insurers say that home insurance claims rise by more than 35% during the darker months with almost 300 burglaries a day during December alone. Having adequate home insurance is the first step in trying to soften the blow if you are victim to burglary.
Check if your home is a potential target for burglars
Thanks to research and statistics on domestic burglaries there’s some checks you can do to find out if your home is more likely than others to be burgled. If your home matches any of the following you should consider steps to take to make your home more secure:
- End of terrace houses.
- Three bedroom homes.
- Ground floor homes.
- Properties with side and rear access, for example a path or backing onto public space.
Security solutions to protect your home from burglars
Thankfully, there are a number of home security measures available, and companies with the expertise to give advice, carry out installations and provide security monitoring of your home. Some initial things to consider are:
- Cut back overgrown foliage around your home. Burglars can use it for cover.
- Tidy away ladders and tools left outside. Don’t make it easier to get into your home.
- Keep receipts for large and valuable purchases. These make it easier to get replacements on insurance.
Further home security solutions include:
- Install security lighting. Burglars don’t want to be seen and use darkness as a cover.
- Install CCTV. Can act as a deterrent and helps police track down burglars.
- Install an alarm to your doors and windows. The box on the outside wall of your home is also a great deterrent.
- Install a smart doorbell. Get notified on your phone when someone is at your door.
Ensure the installation and service provider you use is NSI (National Security Inspectorate) registered. NSI registration qualifies that the installer of security equipment is properly run and the employees are vetted. NSI companies are approved by insurance companies and the Police service.