Safety first

465967065It’s National Home Security Month this month – an initiative to create awareness of the importance of home security during the darker months. Statistics show a 20% increase in home burglaries after the clocks go back, so why not get safety savvy with our affordable tips…

Lock down: If you spend on one thing – get a strong, safe door with insurance company-approved locks. The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) licenses its approved locksmiths through a process of vetting and checking. Visit to search for an MLA-approved and registered locksmith. One of the easiest and most cost-effective locks to have installed is a deadbolt (a quality deadbolt will usually cost about £16).

Outdoor security: It’s important to secure sheds and garages during the darker months too. You can secure these outbuildings with a standard weatherproof padlock to help deter thieves. Heavy-duty padlocks are recommended for shed doors, while cables and anchor locks will secure individual items inside. Find an affordable selection at

Spotting crime in your area: The Yale Watcher app allows you to find out the crime statistics in your area and features an easy postcode look-up function, which will display burglary statistics within a mile of your home – handy if you’re thinking of moving house. The app is available as a free download for iPhone and Android phones.

And of course the basics – that don’t cost a thing:

Leave lights or a radio on when you go out
Check that all doors and windows are properly closed and locked
Don’t leave side gates open and make sure they’re secure
Don’t leave accessible windows open at night
Keep ladders out of sight
Break up packaging for electrical goods (TVs, laptops etc) and put them in the recycling. Leaving boxes outside will alert a burglar to any new purchases


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