Sharing our plans on social media, leaving out spare keys and forgetting to lock doors and windows are just a few of the simple mistakes we’re making that are inviting burglars into our homes! With a 20% increase in burglaries during the winter months leading up to Christmas, it’s vital to keep your home security a priority and learn how to keep your home safe from burglars1. We’re highlighting some simple steps you can take to improve your home security.
The most obvious and effective way to keep your home safe from burglars is having a home alarm system installed. If a potential intruder sees you’ve an alarm system in your home it’ll likely deter them for trying to break in, and if not, hearing a triggered alarm will definitely send them running!
If possible, make sure your garden doesn’t give potential intruders good hiding spots. Keep your hedges and shrubs to three feet or under. Also, ensure you don’t leave any items around your garden that could be used to gain entry into your home such as hammers, ladders and shovels.
Doors and windows
It might seem a bit too obvious, but you’d be surprised just how often people forget to lock up! Double check you’ve locked your front and back doors when leaving your home, even if you’re only popping out to your local shop for a few minutes. Make sure all windows are closed also, even upstairs.
There’s no such thing as a ‘good hiding place’ for spare keys outside your home, it’s that simple! If you want to have a spare key in case you get locked out, leave it with a trusted neighbour.
As tempting as it is to boast about your holidays or nights out, it’s not a good idea to tell everyone on social media about the fact your home’s empty! If you really can’t resist, make sure your social media accounts are set to private so only your friends can see what you post.
Out of sight and out of reach
Don’t keep any valuables in view of your windows or letterbox because they’ll only entice burglars. Keep your keys out of these areas too because thieves often go ‘fishing’ through letterboxes for them.
Having the lights consistently on while you’re away actually makes it more obvious nobody’s home (and costs you a fortune!). One option to avoid this is purchasing a smart plug in any electrical store. Plug your lamp in and turn it on and off from your phone. Another option is to set your lamps on a timer.
Other activities burglars could take as a sign of an empty home:
- Blinds down or curtains pulled closed during the day
- A build-up of newspapers and post in your porch or letterbox
- An uncut or unmaintained garden
At Aviva, we’re big on safety and that’s why if you’ve a home alarm installed as per the manufacturer’s guidelines we’ll give you a 12.5% discount on our home insurance. Here’s 12 other surprising things our home insurance covers!
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