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5 tips for protecting your home over the winter months

Alert message sent 20/10/2021 20:22:00

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Here are 5 tips for protecting your home over the winter months:

1. Leave Your Lights On
Research shows that almost all thieves want to avoid meeting homeowners during a burglary, so one of the best ways to protect your home is to make it appear occupied.
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2. Turn Your Lights OFF
One of the biggest problems with turning lights on at night is that it can be very easy to forget to turn them back off in the mornings, especially as the sun comes up and makes it harder to tell that lights are still on. The issue with this is that lights that are left on constantly can indicate that there is no one home to control them. We recommend dusk-till-dawn lights, which automatically switch themselves off under well-lit conditions.

3. Secure Entries/Exits
Burglaries are very seldom conducted randomly. Homes are targeted either because they appear unoccupied, or because an easy entry/exit route has been identified which can minimise disturbances. To protect your home as best you can, ensure that you’re not accidentally offering thieves an easy way in or out. Check all windows and doors, as well as alternative entry points such as adjoined garages or outbuildings.

4. Install CCTV
CCTV not only acts as a deterrent for burglars, but also helps you to collect evidence should thieves manage to access your property. The Government confirms that CCTV footage can sometimes be used as court evidence in these situations. At Mint Security, we’re home CCTV specialists, offering a range of digital CCTV recorders that enable remote viewing of your cameras from any location using the ProControl+ mobile app.

5. Restrict Access
Despite best efforts, burglaries can and do happen, but it is possible to minimise the impact. Research suggests that ‘high value’ areas of the house are often targeted first. High value rooms are mainly located on the second floor, such as bedrooms and studies which are more likely to contain small, easy-to-carry items such as jewellery rather than larger items like TVs. If possible, keep these doors locked to restrict access.
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Nathan Duffus (Police, PCSO, Oxclose)

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