Dark Nights – Lights On
DARKER nights are here, and it appears we are making some common shortcuts when it comes to our home security, according to new research.
The survey of 2,001 British adults carried out by a gadgets and technology retailer, found that Brits believe they are saving up to 32 minutes on average by taking worrying security shortcuts in the home every day.
The research looked into the nation’s security habits and found that leaving valuables in view was the most common security shortcut, with just under half of the votes (48%).
42% of Brits admitted to not setting their burglar alarms, increasing the risk of burglary in the home. This was followed by not shutting curtains or blinds when the home is unattended (31%), while 24% of Brits confess to leaving their windows open.
One in six (16%) also listed leaving the backdoor unlocked as a common security shortcut, taken to save time. Despite these shortcuts, 34% admitted that they would invest in technology and gadgets to secure their home from trespassers, such as CCTV, door locks and safes.
Don’t make an empty home easy for burglars to spot when it’s dark.
We understand how a burglary can have profound personal effects on you as a victim, ranging from the psychological impact of privacy being invaded, the loss of sentimental or valuable property, and any damage or disruption caused during a break-in or theft.
Here’s information and advice from us for greater home security:-
- Leaving lights on makes your home look occupied
- Invest in timers for automatic switching on and off
- Gadgets are available that turn your main lights on and off
- Help lower your bills with energy saving bulbs
- Thieves target homes that look empty
- Shut and lock all windows and doors when going out
- Only tell people you trust when going away
- Now you’ve protected your home, share our advice with family and friends
If you don’t know who is calling at your door, you don’t have to answer it.
Look through a spy-hole or window before opening the door if you’re unsure, and have your door chain in place if you do answer. If you feel threatened in your home, call 999.