Hot tips for summer security

Don’t invite burglars in.

Summer is here and it’s great to finally be able to throw open your doors and windows and let in the sunshine. However, be careful as you may also be opening your home to some unwanted guests. Opportunistic thieves ramp up their activity during summer, resulting in a 10% increase in domestic burglaries and a 40% increase in outdoor thefts*..

Avoid leaving doors and windows open if you’re out in the back garden. You should also be wary of leaving windows open on a hot night when you go to bed, as 56% of burglaries take place during the evening**..

Do keep burglars out.

For protection maximum protection Yale recommends securing external timber doors using a mortice lock and/or nightlatch that meets British Standard BS3621. If you have a PVCu or composite door it is a good idea to consider upgrading the euro profile cylinder in the multipoint lock to a British Standard Kitemark TS007 3 star cylinder..

Protect your great outdoors.

After a day in the garden, remember to put equipment and toys in a locked shed or garage overnight, as expensive outdoor equipment can be a very tempting proposition for would be thieves..

Don’t tell burglars you’re off on holidays.

One in 10 holidaymakers share details about their trip online before heading abroad and a further one in eight post pictures and updates while overseas***. ‘Checking in’ at holiday locations on social media or posting holiday photos can be risky, offering an open invitation to criminals..

Take the time to check your Facebook settings to make sure you are only sharing your personal details with ‘friends’ rather than ‘friends of friends’ or ‘everyone.’ By limiting the amount of people you share your personal information with, it is less likely to end up in the wrong hands..

By thinking about these things in advance you can enjoy the freedom of knowing your home is safe and secure while you enjoy the summer..

Sources *Halifax home insurance **The Home Office ***The Telegraph Online.