Shortly after the Spring Equinox (the first day of spring), the UK gets ready to honor an old tradition that was first introduced over a century ago - the changing of the clocks.
After another long and cold winter, it is finally time to embrace the sunny signs of spring time. One of the most talked about changes other than the weather, is the fact we will soon be able to enjoy longer, lighter evenings. That's because the spring clocks change sees the clocks go forward by one hour. Yes, this does mean you are set to lose an hour in bed, but there are good reasons why!
In this article, you can find out why the clocks change and how we, as a security provider, believe the move into spring can affect how you keep your home safe.
When do the clocks go forward?
This year, the clocks will move forward one hour when the clock strikes 01:00am on Sunday 31st March. The period between that date and when the clocks go back again is called 'British Summer Time' (BST).
Why do the clocks go forward?
The UK first began taking part in this tradition during World War One. It was originally introduced by Germany and Austria to save on coal usage. The Allies then adopted it, with the added incentive of giving people an extra hour of daylight at the end of the working day. The concept was first invented in 1895 by New Zealander, George Vincent Hudson. British business man, William Willett is also credited with putting the idea to the UK Government for consideration. It was opposed first time around before finally being adopted by Britain in 1916, a year after he died.
How will this affect your day?
The clocks going forward does mean you will lose one hour of sleep. However, it also means you will gain an extra hour of daylight every day until the end of British Summer Time. So, as the weather (hopefully) warms up over the coming months, it won't get dark so early and you'll be able to spend more time outside in the evenings enjoying the extra hour of daylight.
When do the clocks go back again in 2019?
The clocks go back one hour and return to 'Greenwich Mean Time' (GMT) on Sunday 27th October at 02:00am.
What do I need to do?
All you need to do is be aware of the clocks change and make sure you adjust to the new time. If you own a smartphone or tablet, these will most likely adjust themselves automatically to the new time. However, any analogue clocks you own, whether an alarm, watch, wall clock, television, oven or in-car clock, will need to be adjusted accordingly. Digital or analogue, it's worth checking all your devices, as you definitely won't want to be late for something the following day!
How can the clocks changing affect your security?
During the winter months, it is the extra hours of darkness that can increase the vulnerability of your home. In spring and summer however, it is the consequences of lighter evenings that need to be considered.
When the climate is warmer and the are days longer, it can be easy to become a little more relaxed about the security of your home. Windows are opened, we spend more time in the garden and many of us set off on holidays during Half Term.
Here are some quick and simple reminders of how you can stay vigilant in the coming months...
Always set your burglar alarm
So vitally important! If you have an alarm fitted to protect your home, please do use it. It's without doubt the best deterrent you can have. If you don't have an alarm, consider having one installed. Click here if you would like a free quote from Allcooper.
Don't leave windows and doors open when you're not there
Off to work for the day or popping to the shops? It doesn't matter how long you're not going to be at home - always close and lock your windows and doors. This stops opportunist thieves from getting an easy chance to break-in.
Planning an Easter break?
Going on a holiday leaves your home vulnerable, simply as you're not there to make it look lived in. Ask a neighbour, friend or family member to pop in once a day to check all is OK. They can open and close your curtains, collect mail and let you know if anything appears wrong. Another way to receive notification of an incident when you're not there, is to have your alarm system monitored.
Keep the garden tidy
Tools that may be lying around are often used by burglars to help them gain entry into a home. Make sure any utensils you have lying around are tidied up and stored away. If you have valuable items such as tools, bicycles or machinery, it helps to keep them in a garage or shed that is locked up securely. These areas can be linked also be linked to your burglar alarm to provide proper detection.
Don't overshare on social media
We're mostly all guilty of posting updates to our friends and family on social media. Whether it's a Facebook 'check-in', picture gallery or holiday booking, advertising your whereabouts is not a good idea. This information becomes easily available to criminals, who are increasingly using social media sites to target homes and businesses. Check your privacy settings and wait until you are home before sharing those holiday snaps.