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Burglaries increase by 35% during winter – but home security can protect you. Here’s how
Is your home security ready for winter? New research by smart home technology manufacturer Lightwave has revealed that burglaries increase by an average of 35 per cent during winter, with the longer, darker nights providing cover for criminal opportunists and making it easier to spot unoccupied homes.
So if you’re heading on holiday this winter – either for a bit of sun or to visit friends and family over the festive period – you may want to think about how you intend on protecting your home. We’ve shared tips below on the must-dos and the worthwhile must-haves.
1. ENSURE ALL YOUR WINDOWS AND DOORS ARE LOCKED
This one may seem super obvious, but you might be surprised how many of us forget to lock our windows and doors, ultimately leaving our homes vulnerable to intruders.
No matter how small a window, and whether you’re in or out, you need to ensure it’s locked with both locks and stops. Failure to do so gives opportunists direct access to your home. And don’t ever assume your window is too small to grant access or that you being in will stop them… determined burglars will find a way.
2. KEEP VALUABLE POSSESSIONS OUT OF SIGHT
Another obvious measure that (too many) of us forget – it’s important to remove any valuable possessions out of sight – or put them under lock and key. And that doesn’t just mean ensuring that they’re not right in front of the window, but properly out of sight. Burglars will have a proper snoop given the chance, and if they come in looking for car keys, they’ll head straight for the hall table.
3. USE SMART LIGHTING TO MIMIC OCCUPANCY
This is where smart technology really comes in handy. By replacing a regular bulb with a smart bulb – or connecting an existing light system to a smart plug – you’ll be able to control when your lights are turned on and off, from any location, by simply syncing your smart device to your smart phone.
Can’t be bothered with turning your lights on and off when you should be enjoying your time away? No problem, many devices offer the option to set lighting schedules instead.
5. INVEST IN CCTV OR A MONITORED ALARM FROM ESP SECURITY
Investing in a quality cctv systems – or video doorbell – or monitored alarm – all of which ESP Security can provide is another great way to enhance your home security set-up. Aside from being able to provide the garda with footage, should your home ever be burgled, they act as a great deterrent for criminal activity in the first place.
In the video below Mark demonstrates HIK vision Camera and HIK Connect App on your phone. So you can view your property – no matter where you are. And Brian talks about the benefits of monitored alarms and gives great tips about keeping alarm installations.
Contact ESP Security today for more information and a quote