The iDiS office will be closed from 14th-18th April 2017 over the Easter weekend. If you require assistance during this time, please call our ‘out of hours’ number 02392 242 351 where we offer 24 hour support. The iDiS team will be back in the office from Tuesday 18th April.
If you are lucky enough to be going away this Easter, take a look at our security checklist below for some handy tips on making sure your property is as secure as it can be.
1. Are any of your valuables visible from the street?
- Don’t make your home a window shopping experience for any burglars. Make sure anything you own of any value has been put away or simply close your curtains.
2. Do you have a good relationship with your neighbours?
- It’s important to have someone you trust nearby, neighbours tend to be the first line of defence and keep an eye on your home while you’re away. Asking them to pop in and remove your post from the doorstep or leave a car on your drive overnight can make your home seem less empty.
3. Are your entry’s and pathways well-lit?
- A house that is in complete darkness is much more appealing to someone who wants to break in than a well-lit one. Consider motion sensor lighting for the outside of your property as a deterrent.
4. Do you lock your windows when you’re out?
- 23% of home burglaries occur through first-story windows, simply shutting your windows doesn’t always offer complete security for your home. Make sure you remember to lock each and every window before going away.
5. Do you lock all doors at night and every time you leave the house, even if it’s just for a few minutes?
- Even if you are not travelling this Easter, security of your home should always been at the forefront of your mind. It may sound simple but according to home office statistics 59% of burglaries in England and Wales happen when people are at home, usually asleep upstairs. Burglars will always look for a quick and easy entrance to people’s homes. Get into the habit of making sure your doors and windows are all locked before you go to bed – better to be safe than sorry.
6. Do you have home security?
- Home security systems like intruder alarms and CCTV are a deterrent. Most known burglars in the UK have said that they would avoid houses with CCTV and active house alarms – no one wants to be seen being bad do they? But not all burglaries are completely opportunistic, some target their victims, watching for regular habits and behaviour. If you don’t set your alarm as you are only popping out, think again. There may have been someone watching.
At iDiS, we care about how safe you are in your home. If you have any concerns about how to keep your home secure whilst you are away, give us a call on 01442 257 065.