While burglaries can occur year-round, the thought of long dark nights can make some people fear for the safety of their home. Crime rates will often depend on the location of your home, but with the amount of daylight dropping at this time of year, it’s important to take precautions. What’s more, with plenty of festive parties getting into full swing, your social calendar could mean that you’re away from your home. And, that could give thieves even more of an opportunity to break in.
So, what steps should you take to maximise your home security?
While it will of course be safe to leave your property during the wintertime, there are some tips and tricks you could follow.
Luckily for Express.co.uk readers, an expert in the home security industry has been on hand to share some advice.
Jamie Siminoff, Founder and Chief Inventor at Ring, told Express.co.uk: “With longer nights setting in, it is more important than ever for homeowners to work together with their neighbours and local police officers to look out for and protect one another.
“Proactive, effective home security solutions help create an extra layer of security to deter thieves and create the ‘always home’ presence that is crucial for reducing neighbourhood crime.”
Jamie went on to recommend installing connected security devices, which have the ability to deter anyone attempting to trespass on your property.
Loud sirens and bright lights, for instance, could potentially scare off anyone who could be up to no good on your property.
“By using connected security devices, equipped with proactive deterrents like lights and sirens, homeowners can not only scare off potential intruders, but also get neighbours’ attention so they can assist in calling the local authorities – improving security for the entire neighbourhood,” Jamie said.
While burglar alarms have been used for decades to protect properties, some of the latest high-tech home security gadgets could also be of use.
Expanding on some of the options out there, Ring’s founder continued: “With real-time alerts and live video footage direct to their smartphone, homeowners can interact with doorstep visitors and make sure those who are unwanted don’t hang around.”
Jamie also advised making sure that it looks like people are at home, even when they’re not.
Undoubtedly, this is easier in the summertime when there’s not as much need for indoor lights to be used.
However, with the sun setting much earlier in the UK wintertime, switching on automated lights is “vital” – as is locking up all of your doors and windows.
Jamie said: “It’s vital to take a proactive approach to home security and always know what’s going on at home, giving the impression that you’re there, even when you’re not.
“Lock all doors and windows, install automated lights and visible security cameras and take measures to create presence at home, no matter where you are.”