How to protect your home this winter

With the winter months approaching and the darker nights getting longer, you may be thinking more about your home security and how to deter would-be thieves.

Now, you may think that with many more of us at home these days, due to lockdown restrictions, you’re less likely to be affected by break-ins and burglaries. Well, an article from Simplisafe highlighted that this isn’t the case, with 58% of burglaries actually occur when someone is in the home!*

But there are plenty of ways to protect you, your family and your possessions!

Doors and entry points

It might seem obvious, but always make sure your doors and windows are secured, even when you’re at home. According to an article on ThisIsMoney.co.uk, it highlighted that many people do not carry out the necessary home security checks when they leave the house. By getting into good habits and locking your doors every time you enter or leave will become second nature.

Ideally, your doors should be fitted with a five-lever mortice deadlock, but it’s also useful to have additional door bolts and a chain or latch.

Adequate lighting

Well lit homes, driveways and garages will always prove to be less attractive to an opportunistic thief. So be sure to invest in some security lights around your home. Ones that are triggered by movement are recommended and ensure they are pointed downwards so as not to create glare for your neighbours.

For inside the house, you can buy smart lights or smart plugs that you can control from your phone to turn on the lights whilst you’re out. Or a good old-fashioned timer will work just as well to set the lights to come on. The appearance of someone being in, will help to put off anyone looking to break in.

Alarm Systems

Investing in an alarm system will always provide an additional layer of security and protection for your home. Would-be burglars are more likely to be deterred if they know that a property is protected, so make sure you display appropriate signage/window stickers or alarm boxes.

Simplisafe offer a DIY alarm solution which allows you to choose your security system, set it up yourself straight out of the box in less than an hour. You can either customise your own security system with a range of devices, or choose from one of their packages, which starts with four pieces including the base station, keypad, entry sensor and SimpliCam.

Security cameras

There’s a whole host of security cameras available on the market these days, many of which you can operate through an app on your phone. From video doorbells to CCTV cameras as part of your home alarm system will always prove useful and suit most budgets, whether you choose a wired or wireless version. Many of the home security cameras are triggered by motion and those with an associated app can ping you a notification on your phone if unusual activity is detected.

Other tips

  • Don’t overshare on social media – whilst Christmas and holiday times can be an exciting time to share on Facebook (and other platforms), we can often forget that we’re advertising the fact that we’re away from our homes. Wait until you’re back to post your photos and updates.
  • Don’t advertise your home or its contents. Whether you choose to install some vertical or horizontal blinds, so that when you’re away from the house, you can close the blinds, or simply not having gadgets and expensive possessions on show could reduce the risk of being targeted for a break-in.
  • If you’ve got a garage and park your car on the driveway in front of it, be sure to park it right up against the garage door to make it more difficult to open. And invest in some additional garage locks if you want some added security
  • Make sure any garden entrances are secured and well lit. It’s recommended that your garden gate has a padlock on it to offer extra protection. And sure-up garden sheds, you can now buy alarm sheds and additional security locks.

This is a marketing article from A-Plan Insurance