It’s that time of year where the nights are long and the days short. This can be a bit miserable and on top of it all, it can make some of us concerned about the security of our homes. The dark nights give burglars a wider window of opportunity to be hidden by the lack of light. The cold also means that fewer people are around and so they are less likely to be seen.
However, most burglars are opportunists and if you can make it a bit harder for them then they will be less likely to bother. One great way to do this is through outdoor security lights. These lights are on a sensor and will illuminate your garden or driveway if someone is there. This may be enough for someone with ill intentions to simply walk away. It might make them believe that someone’s in or at the very least it will make them nervous that they could be seen.
It’s also important that you keep your doors and windows locked even if you’re in the house and keep your valuables out of sight. Even if you live in a safe area, sometimes the least expected places are targeted. This may even be because people expect security to be lacking. Unfortunately, it can happen anywhere.
In the winter months, burglaries can go up by a third. This shocking statistic can be scary however there are things you can do to stop your home being targeted. Burglaries will not want to be caught and therefore the lengths you can go to will vary. Many people will not put any measures in place until it happens to them. Don’t let it get that far and make some simple steps now. If nothing else you may want to consider leaving a light or radio on to make it seem as if someone is in the house.
If you want to take your security further, you should consider a house alarm or cameras. House alarms are more effective and cheaper than they ever have been. Some will send messages straight to the police, but the noise alone should be enough to deter people from entering your property. You can even opt for security systems that link up to your phone so you can keep an eye out from wherever you are. Smart homes are becoming increasingly popular and accessible. If you are away a lot and your house is left empty then this could be worth the investment.
In conclusion, whilst the security of your home should always be a priority, darker and colder nights result in a higher chance of your security being compromised. Therefore, you should take some steps before anything happens. This may mean leaving a radio on, getting some security lights or installing an alarm or comprehensive security system. There are more options than ever before, including controlling the security of your home from your phone. Whatever you are able and willing to do, any deterrent, however small, could make all the difference.