Are you risking your wellbeing through careless home security?
Feeling secure in our homes is one of the most important factors for UK homeowners, yet many of us are still gambling with our wellbeing by not locking our windows and doors.
In a survey of 1,000 UK homeowners, almost everyone (98.7%) said that feeling secure in their homes was important or very important to them, with burglary identified as the thing most likely to damage that sense of wellbeing.
Yet the survey commissioned by Everest also found that only just over two thirds of those with windows locks always use them, and one in seven still leave their front doors unlocked, locking them only when the house is left unattended.
Half of those questioned in the survey had been burgled before, with the vast majority – around 94% – saying they made changes to their home security or behavior as a result of the burglary.
While the most common responses included fitting or upgrading locks and installing external lighting, CCTV and burglar alarms, almost one in ten respondents bought a dog as a result of being burgled and some even moved house due to the impact of the burglary.
The mess and practicalities following a break-in are undoubtedly a frustration, but the survey clearly showed it was the psychological effects that had the most impact. Almost half of those who had been burgled said they felt unsafe in their home afterwards and more than a third had problems sleeping as a result of the burglary.
Being complacent about home security is not just taking unnecessary risks with our homes and possessions, but with our happiness too. Good security looks after our emotional and psychological needs as well as the practicalities. You cannot feel cosy and content if your house is not warm and safe, so make sure your windows and doors are secure so you can feel a stronger sense of wellbeing in your home.
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