Autumn home security tips

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As the nights draw in and it gets darker earlier, there’s more opportunity for potential burglars to break into your home.

In fact, domestic burglaries often increase in the winter months as it’s easier for would-be intruders to operate under the cover of darkness.

There are a lot of events that happen at this time of year that often see a spike in burglaries. We’ve got Halloween and Bonfire Night both coming up, not to mention the ‘C’ word just around the corner.

So, if you want to enjoy party season without having to worry about your home or belongings, then read on for some top tips on how to protect your property in the autumn months.

Check your locks

Windows and doors are the most common point of entry in the vast majority of domestic burglaries, so ensuring they are as secure as possible is essential.

Checking their general operation, making sure there is no damage to their frames or mechanisms and ensuring all your locks work properly is key.

Testing all your locks regularly to make sure they turn smoothly, the keys work, and there is no wear and tear will help you nip any potential problems in the bud.

If you notice anything out of the ordinary or not working as it should, getting them double-checked by a locksmith could help spot a fault before the lock breaks completely, leaving you locked out or in, or worse, not being able to secure your home.

Cleaning and oiling your locks should keep them turning smoothly and help prevent wear.

And if your locks are working fine but you want to add an extra layer of security, then installing additional security measures, such as deadbolts, sash jammers and mortice locks, can also help.

Test your electrical security

If you have an alarm system, CCTV or exterior security lighting, it’s always a good idea to get it tested and serviced before the nights get too dark.

Most burglars like to operate under the cover of darkness, where there is less chance of them getting caught, so ensuring your exterior lights work will help provide a strong visual deterrent to anyone thinking of breaking in.

With your alarm system, making sure all the motion sensors work and it arms/disarms correctly is also essential. You should test your system regularly, at least once a month, to make sure it functions properly, and have a professional service it every 12 months. There would be nothing worse than suffering a burglary because your home alarm system wasn’t working and protecting your home as it should.

Same goes with CCTV. Make sure all the cameras are working and that the system is recording properly. CCTV footage, in the event of a burglary, can often make the difference between the offenders being identified and caught and your property being recovered, or not. So, again, you wouldn’t want to get burgled, only to discover that your CCTV didn’t capture the incident because it wasn’t working, would you?

Secure your exterior

Making your home burglar-proof isn’t just about installing additional security solutions such as alarms systems, CCTV, exterior security lighting and new locks.

Taking a few preventive measures can also help. Most of these are common sense.

Make sure you keep your driveway and garden clean and tidy. Trimming back trees, shrubs and bushes will remove places for would-be intruders to lurk around in the dark.

Making sure your shed, garage and outbuildings have strong locks and don’t contain any valuables or expensive equipment is important. If your garage adjoins your house, locking the door between the two is essential, as if an intruder manages to get in through the garage door, they would quickly and easily gain access to your house.  

Keeping any valuables out of sight in your home is also important, as these can be a magnet for any passing opportunistic thieves who could look to quickly ‘smash and grab’ wallets, car keys, mobile phones and laptops.

It can be harder to hide away bigger-ticket items like flatscreen TVs or home entertainment systems, so keeping your curtains or blinds closed will help keep prying eyes out.

And utilising smart lighting in your living rooms can also help give the impression that someone is home, even when they’re not. Some smart home security systems even allow you to control your lights from your mobile phone, even if you’re miles away.

Security solutions in Nottingham

As a trusted provider of home security solutions in Nottinghamshire and across the East Midlands for many years, Grays Locksmiths Nottingham has helped thousands of happy customers to keep their homes safe and secure.

We’ve been helping secure homes in and around Nottingham against theft and burglary since 1987.

So, if you want to make your home more secure, give us a call on 0115 942 2315, or email our Nottingham Security Centre to find out how our friendly, expert team can help.