This October, National Home Security Month (NHSM) is back to beat the burglars with even more top tips and advice for keeping your home, family and belongings safe and secure.
The initiative, which is sponsored by security specialist Yale, is returning for its fifth year to raise awareness of the importance of home security and urge Brits to think about how they protect their properties. This is because despite home security providing protection and peace of mind, in the UK it is estimated that a quarter of Brits still have no home security measures in place at all*!
Security products such as alarms and new door locks are often treated as a reactive purchase after an incident has happened, as opposed to proactively preventing a burglary in the first place. Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures.
Activity throughout the month includes simple tips and advice on how to protect your belongings over the darker autumn and winter months, the traditional home security solutions that are often overlooked and the future of the smart security industry.
Here are some of National Security Month's top tips for keeping your home safe and secure.
Play it Safe
- Ensure external timber doors are secured with a mortice lock and/or nightlatch that meet British Standard BS3621. If you have a PVC-u or composite door, consider upgrading the cylinder to a British Standard, TS007 Kitemarked modelAll windows, upstairs and down, should be fitted with at least one appropriate key-operated lock
- The most commonly stolen items in domestic burglaries are electrical devices, jewellery, and cash. Keep these protected in a home safe that is securely bolted to the floor
- Don’t make the perimeter around your property easy to access. Secure gates with a heavy-duty, weatherproof padlock, trim hedges for improved visibility and make sure fences are in good repair
- No more lost keys! Consider a smart lock that gives you secure access via PIN code, key card, key-tag, remote fob, or smartphone. You can even keep track of who comes and goes through your front door when the lock is connected to a smart hub system
- Get instant alerts from your smart home alarm. These can now send notifications, emails and even images to your smartphone when triggered by motion
- CCTV systems and IP Cameras allow remote viewing of your property from any location using a smartphone app. Recorded footage can also be saved on a computer and used as police evidence in the event of a break-in
- Invest in a Digital Door Viewer to see who is at your door before opening it, and significantly reduce your chances of falling victim to a distraction burgla
Light up the night
- As the weather cools, don’t leave ladders, tools or garden furniture lying around outside. Lock these items away with a heavy-duty, weatherproof padlock. For extra peace of mind, secure individual items with anchor locks and cables.
- Security lighting not only increases visibility, but also acts as a great deterrent for those thieves who are shy in the spotlight.
- For 24 hour protection, ensure your CCTV system has infrared LED night vision, enabling you to keep an eye on your property around the clock.
- Protect your boundaries by securing any gates or fencing, preventing them from breaking in high winds and becoming vulnerable to burglars.
Don't get spooked
Statistically the worst time of year for burglaries is during the Halloween and Bonfire Night period, with domestic damage skyrocketing by 160% as the country enjoys some nighttime outdoor fun.
- Ensure you lock your doors and windows when going out for the evening. A startling 20% of us admit to leaving our front doors unlocked, therefore making us vulnerable to theft.
- To prevent any unsolicited ‘tricks’, invest in a letterplate restrictor to stop thieves from fishing keys or accessing the door lock.
- If you do not want to be disturbed over the Halloween period, display a preventative ‘No Trick or Treaters’ sign on your front door (available from most local police constabularies
- Don’t share your plans for the festivities on social media until after the event. Burglars can use this information to know when your home will be left empty and vulnerable
For more information visit the Home Security Month website.