How often do you take a moment think about the security of your home? As homeowners, we all lead busy lives, so it's understandable that the topic of home security is not always at the top of our priorities.
That's why National Home Security Month (NHSM) was introduced in the UK, and here at Allcooper, we're pleased to support the cause.
Taking place every October, the aim of NHSM is to raise awareness of home security, and the importance of taking precautions to protect your home. The campaign runs throughout the month and coincides with the start of the autumn season, which is of course a time when the nights start to draw in earlier and the clocks go back an hour.
The darker evenings can often lead to an increase in burglary figures, as thieves try to take advantage of the extra hours of darkness. During the winter, the night sets in before many of us have even got home from work, leaving many homes vulnerable, especially if they appear to be unoccupied.
This campaign and time of year provide a great opportunity to review the safety of your home. There are a variety of resources available for you to check out. Visit homesecuritymonth.com for more information.
As home security specialists, we're pleased to promote the principles of NHSM and provide some of our own basic tips on ways to improve your security. You can go a long way to enhancing your security without even spending a penny! If you are looking to invest wisely in home security products, we offer a range of systems to protect homes - burglar alarm systems, CCTV systems and security lighting products.
As always, we're here when you need us to provide professional advice on the solutions and packages available to protect your property.
Our Top 5 Autumn Home Security Tips
1. Install a burglar alarm system
A professionally installed burglar alarm system is simply the best investment you can make to protect your home. The sight of an alarm on your home alone is an effective deterrent, as it makes it a significantly less attractive proposition to a potential intruder. The latest systems are robust, reliable and easy to manage. There are several options available, including wired and wireless systems. You can even have them set up to illuminate at night time for an extra visual deterrent. Having your alarm monitored 24/7 also allows you to be notified instantly of any sign of intrusion.
If you already have a burglar alarm installed, that's superb! Just make sure that you use it every day and have a contract in place for ongoing maintenance. This ensures your system continues to work to its optimum ability.
Read more about home alarm systems
2. Make your home look occupied
Even if you are only popping out for a couple of minutes, make sure you always take steps to create the illusion there's someone home. Leave a light, television or radio on, or use timer switches to switch them on and off intermittently.
3. Light up your home
Consider installing motion-sensing security lights around the outside of your home. These can be another effective deterrent as they help remove areas of darkness around your property where a potential intruder could take cover. Lighting is most effective when installed around doorways, driveways, paths, side passages, garages and sheds.
4. Be on Neighbourhood Watch
Joining your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme or group is a great way to work together with others in your community to fight and report crime.
Find your nearest scheme here
5. Report suspicious activity
As well as contacting the Police, you can also report crimes anonymously through the charity, Crimestoppers. Call 0800 555 111 or report information about a crime via their website. You don't have to reveal any of your personal details but your information could make a real difference in helping the Police tackle criminals.
Free advice and quotations
If you are interested in improving your home security, you can arrange a free quote and survey of your home with Allcooper. Call our team on 01452 372626 or click here to send us an email enquiry