Love your home this Valentine’s

Unfortunately it’s not just hearts that will be stolen this Valentine’s Day, as research from Aviva reveals February 14th as the worst day of the month for domestic burglaries, with claims rocketing by 9% compared to the daily average.

Amidst the flurry of gift giving and grand gestures, opportunistic thieves will take advantage as couples head out for a romance-filled evening, leaving their properties unoccupied.

Burglars are on the lookout for those telltale signs of a vacant home, such as curtains left open at night, lights off, or a lack of cars in the driveway. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying your night. Just use these simple tips from security experts Yale, and beat the burglar to make sure you avoid heartache this Valentine’s.

Raise your standards
Two thirds of burglars access properties through a front door*, so make sure these are secured with a British Standard lock, which is highly recommended by most home insurers. Additionally, all windows – upstairs and down – should be fitted with at least one appropriate lock and kept shut when the property is vacant.

Be alert
Good visual deterrents such as a home alarm or simple CCTV system can make your property less appealing to burglars, and discourage them from targeting the property even if it looks unoccupied. Even better, you can create the illusion of an occupied house by using lights with inbuilt timers and set them to come on at specific times. In fact, Yale’s SmartHome Alarm features a clever power switch accessory, which allows lights, appliances and other electrical items to be operated using your smartphone!

Partner patrol
But it’s not just burglars that could be out to spoil the day. How about locking away that Valentine’s gift to stop your snooping partner from finding it before the big day? A home safe could keep them from ruining the surprise and give you that extra peace of mind that your gift is safe and protected.

Check out Yale’s advice page for more information and tips on how to keep your home secure.