Don't face the heartbreak of a Valentine's break-in

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Turns out it’s not just hearts that will be stolen this Valentine’s. A 2014 survey by Aviva took 10 years’ worth of data to find the key trends over the course of a year to see when the public is at most risk, and found that there was a 9% increase in home burglaries during the month of February.

Turns out it’s not just hearts that will be stolen this Valentine’s. A 2014 survey by Aviva took 10 years’ worth of data to find the key trends over the course of a year to see when the public is at most risk, and found that there was a 9% increase in home burglaries during the month of February.

Doubtless, burglars are on the lookout for those telltale signs of a vacant house; dark lights, curtains left open at night, no car in the driveway…But don’t let that stop you from showing your undying affection for your nearest and dearest!

First thing’s first: don’t make it too easy. Make sure that you’ve secured all your windows and doors, preferably with a British Standard lock or cylinder, which is recommended by most home insurers.

A home alarm or CCTV system – even if they are just dummy models – can act as a good visual deterrent, discouraging would-be burglars even if the property does look vacant. Even better, you can also create the illusion of an occupied house by making use of light timers.

Worried your beau might take a sneak-peek at their gift before the big day? A home safe could keep them from ruining their surprise!

Whatever your plans this Valentine’s, make sure you avoid the heartache of a break-in, and Yale It (especially if you’re planning to put a ring on it!)