Whilst winter means cosy nights in, the longer nights can also provide the perfect cover for burglars.
Over a third (35%) more claims for forced burglary were received by Lloyds Bank Home Insurance during the ‘darker months’ of 2017/2018 versus the ‘lighter months’ of 2018.
Lloyds Bank Home Insurance is offering homeowners top tips to keep their homes safe as the clocks go back.
1. Light up
Leave a light on in your home when you are out or have a light timer fitted. It’s also a good idea to install exterior security lights at the front and back of your property
2. Someone is home
Leave the radio or the television on to give the impression that the house is occupied
3. Tech safe
If possible, invest in a CCTV system. You can now also buy cameras that allow you to monitor your home remotely via your smart phone or tablet
4. Ring the alarm
It’s a good idea to invest in a burglar alarm. Not only do they keep your home safe, but also act as a deterrent to burglars
5. Lock up
Ensure doors and windows are locked, especially at night, and when you go out, and don’t leave valuables on display
6. Easy access
Don’t leave ladders outside your home, or in the garden, making it easier for burglars to gain access to your home
7. Garden maintenance
Make sure bushes, hedges and trees aren’t allowed to over-grow, providing the perfect hiding spot for thieves
8. Sound alert
Having a gravel driveway can be a good deterrent to burglars as the sound will alert homeowners to an intruder.
9. Seasonal festivals
Households might have more expensive items in the home than normal. Make sure you have the right level of cover for these possessions
10. Stored away
Make sure garden tools are stored away safely. Don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.