Burglary risk is something property owners all need to be vigilant about, as break-ins are costly and inconvenient.
The most popular month for burglaries during summer is August, according to the experts at MoneySuperMarket.
This is because of property owners leaving doors and windows open to cool the house down – but doing so could invalidate your home insurance policy.
This is due to a clause called “contributory negligence” which means your home isn’t covered under insurance if you leave it insecure.
“The summer months offer a unique window of opportunity for burglars,” said Kevin Pratt, consumer affairs expert at MoneySuperMarket.
“That makes it crucial to be extra vigilant, and to take the necessary steps to keep burglars at bay.
“It’s vital to do what you can to boost security – such as installing CCTV, fitting and using robust locks on doors and windows, and installing an approved burglar alarm.”
The experts at MoneySupermarket have revealed you can avoid burglaries by purchasing a £4.16 timer switch to trick would-be burglars into thinking you are at home.
The advice reads: “Give would-be intruders the impression you’re still at home by installing timer switches on your lights or, better still, use wifi-enabled lights you can control remotely using your smartphone.”
They also listed a number of other tips in order to help you keep your home secure.
1 If you can’t see a door or window, don’t leave it open
Never leave a door or window open that you can’t keep an eye on. It’s an open invitation to intruders and even if you have a good home insurance policy, the insurer might refuse to pay out if there was no actual physical break-in.
If you want to leave bedroom windows open at night, install restrictors so that they won’t open wide enough for someone to climb through.
2. Don’t get security back to front
If you’re spending a sunny afternoon in the back garden, remember to make sure the doors and windows at the front are secure.
3. Keep valuables out of sight
Even with your windows and doors closed, any valuables you leave on display can be incentive enough for an intruder to break in.
Car and house keys need to be kept well away from doors and windows, and expensive electronics should never be left just a smash and grab away.
4. Flummox a burglar
Thieves often target garden sheds because they tend to contain valuable tools and are relatively insecure. Throw a spanner in the works by swapping the screws that secure the hinges and locks with tamper-proof versions.
One-way, hex-head and Torx screws require special tools to remove, which a casual burglar is unlikely to carry.
5. Put the post on hold, cancel the papers
If you’re going away for an extended period, a visible build-up of post on your doormat tells burglars your home is a soft target. Give a key to a trusted friend, relative or neighbour who can collect it all and store it for you.
Your garden could also be a factor that contributes to your burglar risk, it has been revealed.
In a report written by ex-offenders, it has been revealed that steps as simple as keeping on top of your gardening can deter potential home invaders. If the lawn is freshly mowed and weed-free, then burglars will question whether a house is in fact vacant.
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