Home security this winter

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Being victim to a home burglary can be a traumatic experience, let alone the inconvenience of having to involve the police and your insurance company and the expense of having to replace personal items or broken windows and locks.

As the season notorious for a rise in burglaries is between October and April, it’s worth having a review of your home security and habits. There are some crucial areas around your home where your habits may unintentionally be putting you at higher risk of a burglary.

We have put together a checklist that can hopefully reduce your risks and make you feel more confident about your home security.

Security conscious checklist

Even if you’re just nipping out to see your neighbour

  1. Always lock your doors and windows – If you don’t and your home is burgled, your insurer may not pay out.
  2. Don’t leave keys on shelves or tables near the front door – Burglars may be able to reach them through the letterbox with a little bit of ingenuity.
  3. Think about fitting window locks – Burglars often gain access without using force and a large number of them will simply enter your property via open doors and windows.
  4. Never leave a set of keys outside – However well you think you’ve hidden your keys, a burglar knows all your hiding places.
  5. Lock garden sheds – Burglars may try to use garden tools to get into your house. Locking your garden shed is likely to make it more difficult for them to break in to your house.
  6. Make sure your insurance is up to date – Review and make sure that your insurance continually fits your needs and that your insurance provider is aware of any specific high value items you may have.
  7. If the worst happens and you do get burgled, call the police immediately – Don’t touch anything as you might destroy evidence before the police have chance to examine the scene.

Double check your insurance

Russ Hargreaves, General Insurance Manager at Yorkshire Building Society, said:

“There are lots of things people can do to limit the probability of burglary happening to them, but it is equally as important for them to make sure that their insurance policy is up-to-date so that they can be sure that they will be reimbursed for any losses that may occur."

To keep unwanted intruders out of your home, you don't have to turn your home into Fort Knox. Making your home secure doesn’t to need cost a lot of money, your security habits just take some common sense and fore-thought.

Useful information

https://www.immobilise.com/ register your valuables with their identifying factors for free.

http://www.homesecuritymonth.com/ Take a look at the NHSM website for more ideas on how to keep your home safe.