CLOCKS GO BACK, THIEVES STEP FORWARD
This weekend (Sunday morning at 2am to be precise) signals the official end to summer as we all put our clocks back an hour. The wisdom of this dates back to WW1 in an effort to save on coal usage. The reality in 2014 is that the mornings are lighter but the nights will draw in. The more sinister side, however, is revealed by some research recently carried out by Aviva Insurance which suggests that burglaries increase by 20% during the darker months. So now is the time to be extra vigilant when it comes to home security and here are some of our top tips:
- Ensure valuables aren’t visible through windows
- Install external lighting as a deterrent
- Keep plants, trees and bushes well maintained as overgrown shrubbery can provide a great hiding place for the have-a-go thief.
- Always secure doors and windows, even when you are in the house.
Sadly the experienced burglar will not necessarily see a locked door as a deterrent. You only have to look on Youtube to see how quickly and easily locks can be picked or drilled to gain access. If you are concerned about the security your windows and doors give you, you might be surprised by how affordable replacement doors and windows are. All doors supplied and fitted by Frames Conservatories Direct are fitted with high security locking systems (anti-pick, anti-drill, anti-bump and anti-snap locks) and toughened safety glass as standard and come with a fully comprehensive 10 year warranty.