The leaves are falling, the temperatures are dropping, and the nights are drawing in (as well as stretching out into the morning, but nobody ever mentions that). Yes – love it or hate it, winter’s on its way, and strolling hand-in-hand with it is the annual rise in break-ins.
MyTrade TV talks to Raymond Pearce, Avocet Hardware’s head of UK sales (ABS snap-secure locks), about why you even more care should be taken with home security during the winter months.
“Quite frankly the most depressing part about winter isn’t the getting up in the dark; the getting home in the dark; or even the wrong kind of leaves on the tracks,” said Raymond. “It’s the fact that every single year the police report a rise in the number of break-ins – with criminals rubbing their hands in glee and making the most of the long dark nights and the kind of lax home security that really should have been stamped out by now.”
“Every year at this time, newspapers and magazines are full of articles on home security and the steps that need to be taken in order to protect your home for winter. Yet every year breaks-ins rise and even more people become just another crime statistic.
“And the reason? It’s the good old “it won’t happen to me” attitude that so many of us hold dear, until, of course, it does happen. But why wait? Why suffer that heart-breaking moment when you walk into your house – or even down your stairs in the morning – to find you’ve been broken into? Or experience that sinking feeling when you realise what’s been taken and what can never be replaced.
“We all have home insurance policies, which amongst other things, cover the cost of replacing items that could well be damaged or stolen during a burglary. But why do so many people stop there? Why don’t they take the steps needed to significantly reduce the odds of their homes being entered and these items being stolen in the first place?
“It’s not like it costs the earth – at least if you do things sensibly as opposed to employing snipers in gun towers to take out anyone or anything entering your garden.
“First and foremost, locks on doors and windows should be upgraded to protect against forced entry – and we have the idea solution in the form of our ABS snap-secure lock, which is the safest solutions currently available on the market.
“There are a lot of different snap-secure locks available, but ABS is the only one that passes all the tests needed to have both a 3-star rating according to BSI’s TS007 standard, and Sold Secure’s SS312 Diamond accreditation.
“As well as locks, external security lighting should be installed and operational, and an alarm system installed. While common sense practices like not leaving keys lying around or even in doors, shutting all windows when you leave the house and leaving lights on when you go out you, should become regular practices.
“And, of course, make sure you don’t forget about garages or sheds either. Quite often the contents of these buildings are worth a considerable sum and quite often their security is neglected. Make sure the shed is always secured with a good quality padlock and the garage is locked.
“These steps might not stop the most determined of burglars, but the thing that needs to be remembered is that most burglaries are opportunistic crimes. And by removing the easy and obvious ways into your home then you really are taking great strides in stopping yourself and your family becoming victims.
“So this winter, make sure you only have to moan about the dark, the cold and the trains being delayed because the wind is blowing in the wrong direction, and not about the fact you’ve been broken into. Heed the winter warnings, protect your home and hopefully come spring the annual rise in break-ins could well be old news.”
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