As the nights draw in and the days get shorter what’s on your mind?
Thinking ahead and planning for Christmas?
Researching better oil and gas deals before the cold weather comes rolling?
Or maybe you’re one of these people that see the shorter days as an opportunity to get nice and cosy in front of the fire and telly?
But how many of us use this time of year to review our home’s security?
Burglary rates rise across Northern Ireland as Summer-time officially ends (this year on 28th October).
So, with that in mind and with the mantra of ‘it’s better to be safe than to be sorry’ here are some tips from www.psni.police.uk to improve your home’s security:
Check all doors and windows for any weaknesses
Fit mortise locks to all front and back doors and locks to all downstairs windows or windows which are easy to reach.
Fit barrel locks to the top and bottom of doors
Make sure you keep the appropriate keys nearby in case of an emergency
Keep your house and car keys safe and away from doors and windows.
Ensure your burglar alarm is installed properly and works. If you don’t have a burglar alarm consider installing one.
When you are away from home, use timer switches to turn on some lights when it goes dark.
Make sure you have up-to-date contents insurance
Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries when you go away.
Before you go out, go into each room in the house and make sure all the windows are tightly shut and locked. A burglar may be less likely to enter your home if a window needs to be smashed.
Check all doors leading into your home are secure and locked.
If you have a garage, put your car inside if you are not using it
Recent improvements in car security mean that the easiest way for a thief to steal a car is to break into your house and steal the keys for it therefore keep car keys where they will not be easily found
Ensure your main garage door is shut and locked.
If there are any bicycles or toys sitting around the outside of the house, put them away.
Protect Your Keys
Always keep your keys safe
Never give keys to workmen or tradesmen
Change your locks if you think other people might have copies
We hope these tips give you and your family the peace of mind to enjoy the Autumn.
Thanks for reading,
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