October has been National Home Security Month, with 2013 being the first year of the campaign, which is sponsored by Yale. The idea behind it is to raise awareness of home security issues as the dark nights draw in.
During the months of October-March, offending levels can be up to one and a half times higher as the hours of daylight are reduced. This makes it a crucial time for homeowners to think about their security provisions, and consider taking additional steps if necessary.
We recently wrote about tips for home security in winter, and the National Home Security Month website has some additional advice:
Educate yourself about local crime statistics
Forewarned is forearmed! Download the Yale Crime Watcher app which gives information about crime statistics in your local area.
Protect your valuables
60% of burglaries carried out on homes with burglar alarms fitted are unsuccessful. As well as a burglar alarm, consider a wall or floor safe to protect your valuables.
Secure outbuildings and vehicles
As well as sheds and garages, don’t forget any caravans or motor homes. These are often easy targets for criminals. Outdoor thefts are nearly 20% higher than five years ago, increasing by 10% in 2011/2012.
Look into digital security
Digital door locks offer a possible alternative to scrambling with keys in the dark, but beyond that, there are many digital security products on the market with new ones being launched all the time, some of which can even be operated using your mobile phone.
Alexandra Locksmiths are proud to be listed on the Supporters page of the NHSM website.
If you’d like to talk to us about any aspect of your home security, call 020 8883 1555 for a full no-obligation security survey or quote today.