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Summer Security

Published: 01/07/2019 By Allan Fuller

Somehow we tend to think that burglary crime is more prevalent in the dark  and cold of winter, but summer can be a much more tempting time for unwanted visitors.

  1. According to The Home Office, 56% of burglaries take place during the evening and the night; so be wary of leaving accessible windows open on a warm night when you go to bed
  2. Don't leave valuable items in reach of an open window, letter box or cat flat if you have one i.e. keys, wallets / purses, bags, mobile phones or iPads
  3. Install a home alarm with a panic button by your bed so that if the worst should happen and there is a break in, you can be alerted quickly and your neighbours can contact the police if necessary. They also act as a good visual deterrent
  4. After a day in the garden, remember to put tools and toys in a locked shed or garage overnight, as expensive outdoor equipment can be a very tempting proposition for opportunistic thieves
  5. Don't leave tools out that can be easily used to force open a door or window
  6. Caravans and motor-homes are also at risk during the summer months. You can buy inexpensive battery-powered stand-alone alarms, which are ideal for securing mobile homes
  7. Always lock your doors and windows, even when you're at home or in the garden - It only takes a minute for a burglar to sneak in
  8. For maximum protection, secure external timber doors using a mortise lock and / or night latch that meets British Standard BS3621
  9. If you have a PVC or composite door it is a good idea to upgrade the euro profile cylinder in the multi point lock to a British Standard TS007 3 star Kitemark cylinder
  10. 'Checking in' at holiday locations on social media or posting holiday photos can be risky, offering an open invitation to criminals; so take the time to check your settings
  11. Also beware of accepting new friends or connections online if you aren't associated with them personally. Burglars can pose as 'friends' to find out more about you and your home.

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