Darren Oughton - manager at the Leamington Spa branch of Allsopp & Allsopp Estate Agents – has some timely advice to help keep yourself and your property safe during October’s National Home Security Month and shares a few safety tricks to avoid nasty surprises this autumn.
With most of us now noticing an early morning nip in the air and the nights pulling in more tightly-falling leaves and pumpkins are not the sole give-away that the seasons are changing.
Although the days remain mild for the time being, the coming weeks are almost certain to bring with them colder temperatures and, eventually, the onslaught of winter – not to mention the darker nights and late afternoons.
However, we aren’t suggesting that people should get home from work, draw the curtains and shut themselves off for the evening.
It is simply about adopting a practical, common sense approach in assessing safety measures in your existing or new home, which can sometimes be targeted for opportunist thieves."
Some seasonal safety tips from Allsopp & Allsopp:
- Lighten up - motion-sensitive lighting above front doors, porches, garage doors and entrances to back gardens will help with peace of mind. Fit timers to indoor lights when you are out for the evening or going on holiday.
- If you are moving into a new property, familiarise yourself with the alarm and set a new passcode. And above all, don’t forget to use it!
- Securely bolt or padlock side/back gates to limit ‘easy access’ for potential intruders.
- Fit window locks to all downstairs windows, and to easily accessible upstairs windows.
- Remove any ladders that could be used to gain access through upstairs windows or a flat roof.
- Keep keys out of sight and reach... As vehicle theft becomes more sophisticated, and often to order, thieves turn to letterboxes to obtain keys.
- Put your mark on valuables with a UV pen – a discreet way to identify your items if they are stolen.
- Be shed savvy! Many sheds are used to store cycles, garden equipment, and tools. Ensure you have a sturdy padlock on your shed door. The same goes for your garage.
- If possible, don’t allow the front of your home to be obscured by trees or hedges that may provide hiding places for thieves.
- Those Facebook photos of you sunning yourself abroad may look great – but to an opportunist thief, they are an invitation to visit your empty home and help themselves to your belongings. Never divulge information regarding your whereabouts, and in particular that your property is empty.
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