Winter is coming.
And you know what that means - the nights will be dark and full of terrors.
Here are Blake's top 5 home security tips to stop burglars this autumn.
Game of Thrones references aside, there's one group of people who will benefit from the darker evenings...burglars! Read on to learn how to beat them...
An empty home is an easy target for a burglar - so make sure yours looks occupied!
Invest in a timer that automatically switches on
When you walk down the street, do you take notice of how many houses have their curtains and blinds open?
You might not, but a burglar does.
This allows him to make a checklist of all the valuables you have inside. Close your curtains and blinds before leaving the house!
Perhaps one of the simplest home security tips of all time... yet it's often overlooked.
It was once suggested by a person holding the title of Assistant Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, that his officers do not investigate burglaries as a result of unlocked windows. Some people might agree that he had a point as this could be seen as a lack of care on the homeowner's part. Whatever, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Don't forget the basics - double-check all windows are properly locked before leaving your home unattended.
An alarm-less home is at higher risk of burglary.
Why? Because it's an easy target that won't draw anyone's attention when broken into.
You AND the neighbours would be none the wiser...
Did you know, in most cases, you can save money on your home insurance because the likelihood of being burgled when you have a home alarm system is significantly lower?
That's right - our home security tips extend to the garden, which is often overlooked.
Ensure all tools are put away and the shed is secured with a heavy duty padlock.
Burglars will use anything they can to smash a window or force a door open! Don't make it easy for intruders.
The 5 tips we gave you above might keep the burglars at bay for a while but, to beat them for good, you need a proper home security strategy.
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