Discover more ways to keep you, your home and your family safe.
With the clocks going back and more hours of darkness in a day, burglars have all the incentive they need to get to work.
But there are lots of ways to protect yourself, your family and your property. Good security is more than just guarding against losing your possessions, it’s about protecting your peace of mind too, and being vigilant is the first step.
Value your peace of mind
If you find the darker nights unsettling, following simple steps – such as closing curtains to stop people seeing valuables – will help you feel safer in your home.
It’s not what they take, it’s what they leave behind
The emotional impact of being burgled can be huge. To help avoid being targeted, secure every part of your home, including sheds and garages which are often overlooked.
Get to know your neighbours
Join forces with people on your street to look out for one another. It’s reassuring to know others are keeping an eye on your property too.
Inside or out, beware of fire
Bonfire Night is when the most house fires occur. Keep windows and doors shut near fires, and never set fireworks off inside.
Lock windows and doors
It might sound obvious, but many people fail to carry out even basic safety checks before leaving the house. Make a quick check part of your new routine.
Always stay one step ahead
There’s lots of little acts that add up to even greater security. Try fitting an outside light or setting lights on timers if you don’t return home till late.
Never feel ignored
Even when you’re out, or away for a few days, a monitored alarm will deter intruders if they know that someone is always ready to respond.
Trust is key
Leave a spare key with someone you trust – not necessarily your neighbour. If something should happen while you’re away, leading alarm companies will contact your keyholder or the police immediately.