Week 5: Dark knights descend

National Home Security Month is going out with a bang in the build-up to Halloween and Bonfire Night – statistically the worst time of year for burglaries with domestic damage skyrocketing by 160%! This is mainly down to opportunistic burglars who take advantage of the dark nights, fancy dress costumes, noise and distractions, and clearly highlights the importance of keeping your home protected.

Here, we will be providing seasonal advice to make sure you’re set to beat the midnight monsters.

  • Ensure you lock your doors and windows when going out for the evening. A startling 20% of us admit to leaving our front doors unlocked, therefore making us vulnerable to theft.
  • To prevent any unsolicited ‘tricks’, invest in a TS008 letterplate restrictor to stop thieves from fishing keys or accessing your door lock.
  • If you do not want to be disturbed over the Halloween period, display a preventative ‘No Trick or Treaters’ sign on your front door (available from most local police constabularies).
  • Don’t share your plans for the festivities on social media until after the event. Burglars can use this information to know when your home will be left empty and vulnerable.