1st September sees the autumn nights start to draw in, so please avoid making your home an easy target for burglars by taking these simple measures:
Most burglaries are carried out by opportunists. If a burglar sees a home in darkness during the evening then it’s a fair bet there’s no-one in. Fit a simple timeswitch that comes on about 20 mins before it gets dark (so today that will be approaching 8.00pm), and goes off at around 11.00pm. A low-wattage LED bulb is enough to avoid your home standing out from the rest.
If you have CCTV cameras then the infra-red will come on as darkness falls, and many a good piece of evidential footage has been ruined by a spider’s web reflecting the infra-red back into the lens. Now is a good time to clean your cameras, and then check them regularly – also make sure that you check that you can play back and take down footage on your system and that the time is set correctly. CCTV and/or a video doorbell is a big deterrent to burglars, as they don’t know whether they have already been seen and the Police called.
Take general measures to protect your property: lift the handle on your PVC doors before locking; fit high quality door locks that are snap-, pick- and bump-proof; remember to close and lock windows when out; don’t leave ladders and other climbing aids such as wheelie bins near flat roofs or those of your neighbours; lock side gates, keep front hedges low, and protect any rear boundary; ask a neighbour to check your letterbox if you’re going away, and return the favour for them.