Winter is coming.
And you know what that means - the nights will be dark and full of terrors.
Game of Thrones references aside, there's one group of people who will benefit from the darker evenings...burglars!
Here are Blake's top 5 home security tips to stop burglars this autumn.
1. Make your home appear occupied even when it's not!
An empty home is an easy target for a burglar - so make sure yours looks occupied!
Invest in a timer that automatically switches on
- a lamp
- the TV
- the radio
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!
3. Shut and lock the windows
Perhaps one of the simplest home security tips of all time... yet it's often overlooked.
Last year, the Assistant Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police suggested that his officers do not investigate burglaries as a result of unlocked windows. It might seem harsh but as this carelessness is a lack of care on the homeowner's part, many people will agree, he does have a point.
Don't forget the basics - double-check all windows are properly locked before leaving your home unattended.
4. Invest in a quality Intruder Alarm
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?
5. Beef up your garden security
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.
Take action & beat the burglars once and for all!
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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