On February 14th, throw caution to the wind, book a restaurant and surprise the love of your life. But while you’re out celebrating the day of romance, don’t let yourself or your home be vulnerable to a much nastier surprise.
Valentine’s Day sees one of the highest rates of crime annually. Crime statistics gathered over ten years by insurance company, Aviva, reveal the alarming trends of burglaries rising by 9% on February 14th compared to the daily average, and car theft claims increasing by 12%.
You and your partner may only have eyes for each other, but there are others who are looking out for homes left unoccupied. Packed restaurants highlight empty properties, while expensive gifts and cars parked up equal lots of opportunities to steal more than hearts.
Burglars know the little signs that no one’s home, like curtains left open after dark, homes without lights on and empty driveways. But there are some simple home protection tricks you can use to outfox them and avoid being another seasonal crime statistic.
Make sure windows and doors are closed and secure as these are the most vulnerable areas of a home. Outdoor security lights with motion sensors are a hugely effective deterrent, as are lamps on timers. This helps give the impression someone’s home even when they’re not, while the mere sight of a security alarm discourages much unwanted attention.
ADT Smart Home features give you even more flexibility and peace of mind when it comes to home protection. You can double check your alarm is activated, and turn lights on and off, from anywhere with your smartphone. And don’t forget, CCTV helps you keep an eye on your home, your car and all the things you hold close.
So, while Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year, you can help avoid it being one of the most burgled too.
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