Safeguard Your Home This Autumn - A Guide to Boosting Home Security
As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, October ushers in National Home Security Month, serving as a timely reminder for homeowners to protect their homes against potential burglaries.
At More Handles, your trusted source for architectural ironmongery, we understand the importance of home security and want to share some valuable insights and tips to help you safeguard your property and your loved ones during the dark winter months.
The Darker Nights and Rising Burglary Rates
With the end of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, 25th October 2023, we will collectively adjust our clocks, bringing earlier sunsets and longer nights. Unfortunately, this transition also marks the onset of a troubling trend—increased criminal activity. According to police statistics, there's a consistent 20% rise in home burglaries during the darker winter months. This alarming fact underscores the need for enhanced home security measures.
But here's the good news - with just a little effort, you can significantly bolster your home's security and deter potential burglars.
Most burglars are opportunists; they aim to gain quick access to your home without raising suspicions. Your role as a homeowner is to make this task as challenging as possible. Remember, over 70% of burglars enter homes through doors, and a lack of window locks or deadlocks on external doors makes your property six times more vulnerable. Surprisingly, a significant number of burglaries occur because homeowners inadvertently leave their doors unlocked. In fact, one in three of us admits to this common mistake.
The Front Door - A Vulnerable Point of Entry
The front door is a focal point for burglaries, accounting for 5% of all break-ins due to an unlocked door. So, let's start with a fundamental tip—always lock your doors! The type of lock on your door can make a world of difference.
Ensure all your external doors are equipped with high-quality British Standard 5 Lever Locks. These locks are specially designed to meet home insurance requirements, boasting a robust steel body, strikeplate, and a reinforced, longer throw bolt. They are cost-effective and straightforward to install.
If your home features a multi-point lock system, you might need to consider replacing the Euro Lock Cylinder. Opt for cylinders with a minimum of 6 pins and modern security features like anti-pick and anti-bump mechanisms. These features make it exceedingly challenging for burglars to gain unauthorised entry. If your current cylinder lacks these protective measures, it could be an easy target for professional burglars.
At More Handles, we offer an extensive range of handles and locks for doors and windows, designed to protect your property against potential threats.
Expert Guidance and Support
As the evenings grow darker, take a few moments to assess your property's security. Ensure it's not an easy target for opportunistic thieves. At More Handles, we are here to help. Reach out to one of our Lock Security Specialists for a free consultation and evaluation of your existing locks. Our experts can provide personalised recommendations and guidance to enhance your home's security.
National Home Security Month serves as a crucial reminder for homeowners to prioritise their safety and the security of their property. As the winter months approach and the risk of burglaries increases, taking proactive measures to secure your home becomes paramount.
Start by reinforcing your front door with high-quality locks, and consider modern security solutions to stay one step ahead of potential intruders. Remember, your home is your sanctuary, and with the right precautions, you can keep it safe and secure throughout the darker months ahead.
Please feel free to contact one of the security specialists at More Handles who will be pleased to help you with any questions on the full range of locks, latches and security products for your home. morehandles.co.uk - 01228 516516