Even though it may be coming up to winter and people tend to stay indoors more than go out during the warmer months of the year, there is no room for complacency when it comes to home security. Determined thieves will attempt to break into your home regardless of the weather outside, and in many case regardless of whether there are any occupants in your home at the time or not.
Although we are told that crime rates are falling in general, it is still important to make sure that we do the best we can to secure our homes so that we can minimise the risk of burglary. Here are some simple, affordable and effective ways of securing your home this winter:
Outdoor security lights come in all different shapes and sizes. Their job is to basically light up the area where the light is installed, and you should consider getting one installed by your back door.
Some outdoor security lights even come with motion sensors like the example pictured above, so if there is any movement in your garden, the lights will turn on. Of course if you have a lot of wildlife visiting your back garden each night, then you might not be very popular with your neighbours, so you will have to make a judgement call on that one!
These light typically need to be installed by an electrician as they have to be wired up to your mains wiring.
Similar to the outdoor security light is the porch light. Installed by your front door, it is a great way of showing any would-be thieves that there are occupants in the house, which will minimise the risk of attack by any opportunist thieves.
Porch lights are also good for illuminating the front door area if you are expecting a visitor (such as a pizza delivery driver) who may not have been to your home before on previous occasions.
Burglar alarms tend to have a lot of bad press due to the amount of “false alarms” which are usually caused by someone leaving a window open or a power cut and then subsequent power restoration, but for the most part they are very effective at keeping would-be burglars out of your home.
If you get on well with your neighbours, and they know when you go to work and subsequently come home again, and they hear your burglar alarm going off, they will know that something is amiss and contact the police on your behalf.
There are a plethora of burglar alarm systems on the market and come with a number of features, such as advanced internal PIR sensors. Many even have a telephone link to a command and control centre, so that if your burglar alarm goes off, they will contact you to find out whether you have accidentally set it off. In the event that it is a real burglary in progress, they will summon the police for you immediately.
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