National Home Security Month 2018

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National Home Security Month (NHSM) is an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The campaign provides home security guidance including top tips and advice for keeping your family and possessions protected during the winter months when the rate of domestic burglaries typically increases.

As headline sponsor, Yale is helping Britons to secure their homes by creating awareness around the importance of home security.

Nigel Fisher, Managing Director of Yale, said: “Home security is often overlooked. Shockingly, a quarter of the UK population has no home security. Therefore, we want to use this as an opportunity to educate people and prevent them from becoming another crime statistic.”

“We are committed to promoting the importance of keeping yourself and your home safe and secure. With research estimating that a burglary happens every 40 seconds in the UK*, with thefts surging by 38%** following the clocks going back and evenings becoming darker, we believe it’s important to fully get behind the National Home Security Month campaign.”

The initiative will focus on a different element of home security each week. This includes traditional door and window security to ensure you’re fitting British Standard locks. It also looks at the home interiors, offering advice on how to deter burglars by keeping valuables out of plain sight and storing important documents and possessions securely in a home safe.

NHSM also has a focus on outdoor security, highlighting solutions to secure sheds and outbuildings, as well as exploring how visual deterrents such as exterior lighting, CCTV kits, and alarm bell boxes can help to prevent you from becoming a target.

There is also a key focus on the rise in smart security solutions. These are devices that are connected to the internet and can be controlled via a smartphone, tablet or voice command. Security solutions include smart home alarms, smart door locks and smart indoor and outdoor camera kits, which can all help to secure your home at the touch of a button, with added peace of mind thanks to remote access.

For more information on National Home Security Month, visit www.homesecuritymonth.com or check out the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

*BBC

*Cooperative Insurance