Burglars strike when the clocks go back The longer nights provide more cover for burglars creeping around on the prowl for cash, jewellery and other valuable belongings. To make sure your home is burglar-proof this winter there are a number of steps you can take. Firstly, make sure your door security is up to standard. External timber doors should be secured using a mortice lock and/or nightlatch that meets British Standard BS3621 and if you have a PVCu or composite door then it is a good idea to upgrade the euro profile cylinder in your multipoint lock to a British Standard Kitemark TS007 cylinder as well. A property is not properly protected unless all points of entry are secured and Yale recommends that all windows, both upstairs and downstairs, are fitted with at least one appropriate lock. Many burglars will avoid smashing a window and will instead try to force the window frame itself. There are locks available for all types of windows, including wooden, aluminium and PVCu, as well as locks suitable for French doors and patio doors. Home alarms are also a great way to protect your home. They act as visual deterrents to potential burglars and are vital for alerting neighbours in the event of a break-in. Yale’s wire free alarm kits are quick and easy to install and offer discreet protection for all types of properties, from flats to large family homes. Not to forget outdoor protection in the winter months secure your outbuildings with a weatherproof padlock to help deter would-be thieves and protect against unwanted intruders. Yale offers weatherproof padlocks with a solid, multi-layered steel body to protect against erosion and saw attacks, plus a keyway cover cap to prevent rusting. Heavy-duty padlocks are recommended for shed doors, while anchor locks and cables can secure high value individual items inside an outbuilding. For the latest in security technology, Yale’s digital door locks allow you to access and secure your home using a 4 to 12 digit PIN code of your choice, meaning you no longer have to worry about carrying or losing your keys when you’re laden down with shopping bags or return from a jog. You can also create a temporary code to give other people access to your home and delete it just as easily – without having to worry about collecting keys or changing locks. This function is ideal if you have relatives coming to stay for the festive season or if you want your neighbours to check on your home while you’re on holiday. Check out our infographic below for more statistics about dark night burglaries.