Yale offer advice on how to protect your home this winter
16 October 2020
As the nights draw in and we prepare for the colder months ahead, it’s important to consider upgrading your home security. Research from the Co-operative revealed November is the most common month for burglaries to take place, so there’s no better time to survey your security.
Security experts at Yale, sponsors of the national awareness campaign National Home Security Month, have shared their top tips to make sure your home is kept safe and secure throughout the winter season.
Deter the burglar
Visual deterrents are a very effective way of keeping burglars at bay any time of the year. In fact, Which? revealed 71% of burglars are put off by an alarm system having a visual siren, displayed on the outside of a home.
Considering a house alarm with a bell box or CCTV system can be a great way of reassuring you and your family that your home is securely protected at this time of year. Both home alarm systems and CCTV work as effective visual deterrents for burglars, causing them to move on to another target.
Invest in smart security
Over recent years there has been a significant increase in the development in wireless technology, and thanks to this development it’s never been easier to install a cutting-edge smart alarm in your home. Smart home alarms allow you to arm and dis-arm the alarm remotely, via your smartphone and with many alarms integrating with voice assistants and other smart devices, they’re simple and convenient to use.
Outdoor and indoor smart cameras also allow you to keep an eye on your home, even when you’re out. With alerts and notifications sent directly to your smartphone, you’re always in the know if there’s any suspicious activity. Additionally, many systems enable you to view through your camera via your smartphone, allowing you see what’s happening while you’re away, keeping you in control of your home security.
Secure your outdoor space
The cold weather tends to mean that we don’t venture into our gardens and sheds as much during the winter months. It’s important to make time to check your perimeter fences, hedges and walls. Even a relatively small hole could be enough of a weakness to tempt a potential burglar to try their luck.
Ensure any ladders, wheelie bins and even garden furniture are put away or locked up, as these can be used to gain access into your home via a flat roof or open window. It’s also important to consider the security of your sheds or any outbuildings. Often used as storage for gardening tools and equipment, sheds should be securely locked up with a weatherproof maximum security padlock to provide protection and security for the contents. For added security, a standalone shed alarm can also be used to alert you with a loud siren if your shed or outbuilding is being broken into.
As it starts to get colder you might find you’re not going out on your bike as much. Be sure to keep bikes away in a garage or shed when they’re not in use, and securely locked up with a bike lock or a security cable and padlock.
Keep doors and windows locked
A key factor to consider when making sure your home is secure this winter is checking your door and window security is up to scratch. It can be tempting to leave the front door off the latch or the back door ajar. However, it’s not only familiar faces who’ll seek access through unlocked doors, so make sure they’re kept locked when not in use.
Additionally, the cold winter weather can often weaken locking components, so it’s important to make small updates to your security systems where necessary. Something as simple as a rusty lock or a loose handle can give potential burglars the message that the rest of your home security might not be up to scratch, making it a perfect target for an opportunistic thief. Consider upgrading the security on entrance doors to your home. Patio, garage and back doors should be checked for any weak spots, and fitting patio locks or bolts to a garage or back door can provide another level of protection.
Get up to standard
The winter is a good time to check if your home security meets the required security standards. By simply upgrading the locks in your door this winter, you can help to prevent break-ins at this vulnerable time of year.
If you have external timber doors, they should be secured with a mortice lock and/or nightlatch which meets the British Standard BS3621, or if you have a PVCu door then consider upgrading your cylinder to a British Standard Kitemark TS007. For added convenience and security, smart locks are a modern security solution for your door and allow you to control who enters your home and when.
Get smart with your lights
Leaving lights on in the home can make it look like you’re at home and awake, even if you’re not. The use of smart plugs or smart lighting lets you control your lights inside the home and outside, via your smartphone. With many smart plugs you can also set a timer, so the lights come on and go off at different times of the day and night, making any potential intruders believe someone is at home.
As it starts to get darker, it’s important to have a light outside of your home to give you peace of mind. For added outdoor security, look for a security camera which has a security light built in, providing you with two deterrents against a potential attack.
By making sure you follow these simple steps this winter, you can help to protect your home, family and possessions.
To find out more about the range of security products from Yale please visit www.YaleHome.co.uk
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