04 Feb 2019

Keep your self-build safe this winter

Burglaries are reported to increase during the winter months, leaving many UK homes vulnerable to opportunistic thieves at this time of year.

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Rachael Munby, Group Marketing Director from Anglian Home Improvements, said: “We know home burglaries spike during certain times of the year, which is why we would urge people to take time to review basic home security this winter. Whilst in a lot of cases it is simply just unfortunate bad luck with their home being targeted, there are simple steps homeowners can follow to deter thieves.”

Anglian Home Improvements encourages homeowners to take a few simple steps to enhance home security this season.

Appearance matters

Burglars are often opportunists and will take advantage of your home looking obviously unoccupied. If you are out and about this winter, keep up the illusion of usual routines as much as possible. Consider installing timers so lights, televisions and music systems are switched on and off in your absence. Outdoor motion-activated lights can also act as a deterrent, as burglars do not wish to draw attention to themselves.

Up close and personal

If you’re heading off for some much-needed winter sun, resist the temptation to shout about this on your social media channels and always be sure to let a trusted neighbour know you’ll be away so they can keep an eye out for anything suspicious. Your Facebook photo album of your winter escape can wait until you’re home.

Alert your alarm company

To ensure your alarm company can react as efficiently as possible in case of a break-in, make sure you alert them before you go away. On average, 92% of alarm activations are false, therefore, it will help to let your alarm company know before you leave to ensure it is appropriately reactive in case of an alert.

Lock check

Did you know three out of 10 burglaries occur without intruders needing to use force, by taking advantage of open or weak locks and with 30% of all break-ins occurring through windows? If you’re unsure about the security of any of your fittings or locks, consider replacing them immediately to ensure you can leave your home with peace of mind at all times.

Smart living

In addition to a few very basic steps, why not take your home security to the next level with video doorbell – a smart living device that alerts your smartphone when someone is outside your property. Wired to stream 24/7, homeowners can also continually check the stream and monitor their home, anytime, from any location. Now that’s smart!

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