The days of leaving work in daylight have left us for another few months. As we now find ourselves arriving home in the dark, what can we do to make sure that we are not returning to a break in?
With the number of police on patrol, in many areas of the country, at an all-time low, we must do what we can to protect our properties!
Of course, it isn’t only our homes that are left in darkness for extended periods during the winter months. Many businesses also suffer at the hands of those who love to operate under the cover of darkness. Unfortunately, we are not referring to the odd fox scavenging through rubbish bags or an owl sending eerie shivers down our backs, we are talking about those who leave destruction and devastation by committing burglaries.
The rate of burglaries increases significantly once the clocks go back in October. So, what can we do to try and ensure we don’t find ourselves the victim of a burglary or break in?
Here are a few suggestions. As we know, every property is different we therefore recommend a personalised professional survey is completed in order to ensure you get the most appropriate cover for your property.
Automatic Lights. Just as we suggest, these criminals like to operate in darkness. Installing movement activated security lights or PIR lights as they are commonly referred to, will take this element of comfort away, this therefore acts as one of the most effective deterrents.
False Impression. There is nothing more off putting for a burglar than the thought of being confronted. Very few burglars want to meet the person they are stealing from. Giving the appearance that someone is home will put an element of doubt in the mind of the criminal. The majority of burglaries are opportunist crimes with the target premises being selected at the last minute.
There are a number of ways that you can easily fool these night-time criminals. Leaving a radio on or putting your lights on a timer can often give the appearance to a passing glance that there is someone home.
The Fear of Being Watched. If the burglar thinks that they are being watched, they will generally do whatever they can to leave the area. With the increasing use of CCTV or other camera systems, such as IP Cameras connected to a Burglar Alarm, the burglar has become weary of the unknown watcher. Whilst there are a number of very good ‘dummy CCTV’ cameras out there, the cost of a professionally fitted system is much less than many think. Couple this with the ability to monitor it anytime, anywhere from your phone, laptop or PC, many are finding great piece of mind from having a fully installed system.
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Arm Your Alarm. A study carried out by a national insurance company suggests that a large percentage of home owners who have intruder alarms fail to arm their alarm systems before going out. This may be caused by lack of time or simply forgetting, but they are useless if they are not turned on. Again, with the advent of SMART technologies, ProptectMyProperty.co.uk have seen a great uptake in the use of their SMART alarm systems, which provides the user full control via their phone or other connected device. For those with existing alarm systems, becoming SMART doesn’t always mean ripping it out and starting again. Protect My Property have been able to upgrade many alarm systems to become fully controllable by a Smartphone App or computer at a surprisingly low cost.
Of course, all of the above can apply to both your home and business. To get the very latest advice and a Free Security Assessment call a member of our team today on 0800 004 999 or request a call back.
3 November 2017
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