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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Don't leave tools out that can be easily used to force open a door or window
- 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
- 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
- For maximum protection, secure external timber doors using a mortise lock and / or night latch that meets British Standard BS3621
- 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
- '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
- 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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