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Home Security Month: What We Need to Learn

October 2014 is National Home Security Month in the UK. After the success of last year’s inaugural event, this nationwide initiative is back to create awareness of home security issues across the country.

So what is National Home Security Month, and what can we learn from it?

National Home Security Month

National Home Security Month was designed to create an awareness of home security issues and get the public clued up about security matters in time for winter. This is because, statistically, criminals favour the winter months for burglaries as they’re protected by the cover of darkness. In fact, statistics show there is a 20% rise in burglaries during the darker months.

Throughout October, National Home Security Month will feature a series of handy hints and tips to demonstrate how you can protect yourself, and keep your family, home and possessions safe from harm.

The introductory week is designed to help you understand the importance of security and it encourages you to check the crime statistics in your area using the Yale Crime Watcher App. The following weeks are arranged around four weekly themes, each focusing on a different aspect of home security.

Weekly Security Themes

Securing Doors & Windows: This week highlights the importance of ensuring your door and window security is up to scratch. External doors should be fitted with locks that meet the British Standards, which vary depending on the type of door on your property.

It’s recommended that external doors are fitted with a door chain and a spy hole or digital door viewer so you can see who’s on your doorstep before opening the door.

All windows in your home should have a window lock fitted as burglars will try to force the frame rather than smash the glass. The type of lock required depends on the material of your window frame.

Protecting Valuables: This week focuses on the different steps you can take to protect your home and valuables. Statistics show that attempted burglaries on properties with alarms are unsuccessful 60% of the time. If you can’t afford a full alarm system, consider having a decoy fitted.

In the run-up to Christmas, criminals tend to target cyber fraud believing people are less likely to notice fraudulent transactions when they’re spending more money, so keep receipts in a safe place and consider fitting a small safe in your property.

Other helpful tips include marking high-value objects with an ultra-violet security marker and noting the serial numbers of all high-value items.

Outdoor Security: It’s easy to forget about outbuildings over the winter when you use them less, but thieves won’t forget about them. Make sure your shed and garage are secured with a weatherproof lock, and use an anchor lock or cables to secure any high-value items within.

Remember your motorhomes and caravans as well as they are often tucked into a dark corner of your drive. Consider fitting a standalone alarm and displaying a sticker to show the vehicle is alarmed to deter potential burglars from attempting to break-in.

Future Home Security: Technology is being developed at a rapid pace and home security systems are improving all the time. The final week concentrates on showing you the latest high-tech gadgets to help you protect your family, home and belongings. In addition to traditional CCTV, there are a number of smart security systems which connect to a smartphone app allowing you to keep an eye on your property at all times.

Digital door viewers alert homeowners to people at their doorstep before they hear a knock, and the clear screen can be viewed easily by children and other vulnerable people.

Digital door locks come into their own in the winter as they alleviate the need to stand at your door searching your bag or pockets for your keys while juggling your shopping. Instead, you can gain access by using your fingerprint and a pin number. This is especially useful if you have friends to stay as you can disable the fingerprint requirement and simply use the pin, then change it once they’ve left.

The pressures of our daily lives often means that security is overlooked, leaving our families, homes and belongings vulnerable to criminals. National Home Security Month highlights the importance of home security and helps to stop homeowners from becoming just another statistic.

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