As summer swiftly becomes a distant memory and autumn gives way impossibly quickly to a cold, long winter it is imperative that you ensure that you do everything in your power to make your business and your home safe for the festive period and beyond. Winter brings with it a swathe of different and unique challenges to security for businesses and homeowners alike. The aim of this article is to make you aware of those little extra things you can do to bring your building(s) up to scratch this winter.
Winter brings with it cold and especially crucial for security concerns, long spells of darkness. The darkness gives burglars something of a competitive advantage and as such it is absolutely vital that whether we are talking business or home, you have either a fully functional burglar alarm or incredibly secure locks on your property – but preferably both. When you go out make sure that you secure your property by locking both windows and doors. Consider this, if a burglar comes into your property without forcing entry then it may mean you are not covered on your insurance policy. 1 in 3 people admit to leaving their windows and doors unsecured when they are out and when you consider that research done by Home Security Month found that over 70% of burglars make their way inside a property via an inadequately secured door, it is even more important to remember to shut and lock! Key-operated window locks are essential.
As for an alarm, it is a very good deterrent, but some people baulk at having an alarm on their home. If you are one of these people then perhaps consider making some noise in a different way – having a gravel drive and footpath can be a deterrent in itself, with burglars not wanting to risk detection.
One way of mitigating against the advantage that a cover of darkness gives to a would-be burglar is to install security lights to the front and rear of the property. You should make sure that they are installed high enough to avoid potential tampering.
Many of us hide a spare key around our property to avoid being locked out of our homes. Now this is a good idea especially come winter when you might risk getting very cold and potentially unwell (especially if you live in a rural area) if you are frozen out of your home. It is vital that you choose a sensible and clever hiding place for a spare key. Under the front door mat or plant pot just doesn’t cut it in this day and age and has become a real cliché. The ideal is to leave a spare key with a trusted neighbour.
Timed lights and radios can be excellent ways to make it seem like your business or home is occupied when you are out. Make sure they are set to come on in the evening if you are planning a night out.