Between Halloween and Bonfire Night domestic burglaries increase by around 26%. Dark nights, noise and distractions present the perfect opportunity for criminals. Have fun but lock up and be vigilant.
Shed and Garage Security
Check your garden. Don’t leave anything lying around that a thief could use to break in and steal your possessions.
Figures show that burglaries can increase by up to 20% at this time of year and sheds and garages are an attractive proposition to thieves during winter, as they are often left unattended in the cover of darkness.
For added protection, use a ground anchor and padlocks and chains to secure expensive items in your shed.
Statistics show that less than 5% of bikes stolen in the UK are ever returned.
Keeping gift receipts and expensive jewellery in a home safe that’s securely bolted to the floor or wall can provide added protection to keep burglars at bay this Christmas. On average us Britons are spending £822* on Christmas presents each year, not only increasing the value of items in our homes but also the temptation to criminals.
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UPVC or composite doors older than 15 years could be at risk of cylinder snapping. Upgrade to one specifically designed to prevent this method of attack.
External timber doors should be secured using a mortice lock or nightlatch that meets BS3621.
All windows should be fitted with at least 1 appropriate lock.
Stay secure – lock all doors and windows when you leave your home, 73% of burglars gain entry via a door.
How many people have keys to your home? If you’ve recently moved house it’s advisable to change the locks, you never know who may have a copy of your keys.
The MLA also has more great advice on the link below:
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Week 1 of National Home Security Month.
Did you know:
62% of burglaries take place at night? Dark nights mean light fingers so ensure your home is properly secured as the dark nights approach.
For more information about crime in your area have a look at www.police.uk