Oh dear Eriseans, we don’t want to depress you but the clocks are changing soon and as the clocks go back the criminals come out. According to Aviva stats show a 20% increase in home burglaries during the darker months, and according to Halifax Home Insurance the average cost of a winter burglary weighs in at a hefty £1,746…. yep we know, scary isn’t it!
With this in mind, October 1st marks the start of National Home Security Month (NHSM), a nationwide initiative, supported by Yale, which runs throughout the month and is designed to create awareness around the importance of home security.
To combat the rise in burglary at this time of year, NHSM will feature a series of hints and tips to highlight the ways you can keep your homes and families safe during the dark nights.
The campaign will feature four weekly themes, with each focusing on a different aspect of home security to get you security-savvy in time for winter.
Week 1: Door and Window Security
The first week will focus on door and window security. Many burglars often avoid smashing windows but attempt to force the frame itself, so the campaign will highlight the importance of ensuring all windows are fitted with at least one appropriate lock. They will also be looking at lock snapping crimes and door lock standards designed to protect you from this method of attack.
Week 2: Protecting Valuables
The focus in the second week will shift to protecting valuables. On average according to YouGov, us Britons are spending £822 on Christmas presents each year, not only increasing the value of items in our homes but the temptation to criminals. With this in mind, they’ll be looking at the best way to secure your valuables over the Christmas period and keep the burglars at bay.
Week 3: Outdoor Security
The dark nights often meaning leaving your house in darkness and arriving home in darkness, so in week three they’ll be shining a light on outdoor security to help you feel secure inside and out.
Week 4: Future Home Security
In the final week they’ll be hurling you into the world of future home security, looking at the evolution of the Smart Home and all the latest security gadgets and gizmos available for your home.
So you beautiful Eriseans don’t miss out on the features above this month, we want all of our readers to be safe and sound this winter (and every other season, obviously), check out the NHSM Facebook and Twitter which will be supplying daily tips on keeping safe during the dark nights.
For more info check out www.homesecuritymonth.com