This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.
The study, conducted by security experts at ADT, interviewed 2,000 residents of the UK to determine how the Autumn months affect people’s actions.
They have also offered advice on how to secure your home and deter potential thieves during the longer nights.
Are you more conscious of your home security when nights are longer?
Percentage of results
What measures would increase your sense of safety at home during winter months? (Selects all that apply)
Percentage of results
Improved outdoor lighting
Installing a security system
Installing further locks on doors and windows
Neighbourhood watch involvement
None of the above
Michele Bennett, General Manager at ADT UK&I comments:“Opportunistic thieves use darkness to their advantage, so it’s no surprise that the number of burglaries committed increases when the nights draw in. Our burglary report found that burglaries are most common at night, with 58% of burglaries occurring between 6pm-6am. Taking steps to optimise your home’s security before the clocks go back this year will provide reassurance that your property is as secure as possible.”
5 tips to secure your property from ADT
1. Get a monitored alarm installed
A visible alarm system is a strong deterrent to potential burglars, as criminals are less likely to target a home that is protected. In the event of a break-in, a monitored alarm will alert you, your keyholders and depending on the package you take out, the police, ensuring a swift response to an alarm activation.
2. Light up the dark
Well-lit exteriors make your home less appealing to potential intruders. Install motion-activated lights around any entry points, particularly porches and gardens, which alert you to movement on your property. This will also prevent burglars from operating under the cloak of darkness and increase the chance of a passerby spotting suspicious activity.
3. Trim your garden landscape
Thieves look for escape routes and hiding spots when deciding which homes to break into, making gardens with high, overgrown hedges more likely to be targeted. This is especially true in the longer evenings, so be sure to give your garden a thorough tidy-up to make your property less likely to be targeted. It’s also advisable to ensure any tools are locked away in sheds and garages that could assist a burglar such as ladders, or a garden spade to force entry.
4. Be smart with your lights
Using smart plugs allows you to turn on a few well-appointed lights and radios or televisions from any location from your phone. Used in conjunction with an outdoor camera or video doorbell, you can have lamps plugged into smart plugs come on when motion is detected. Programming lights to come on at different times throughout the night will help to deter burglars by making your property look occupied.
5. Purchase a smart doorbell or outdoor camera
Smart doorbells are an effective way to deter burglars as they provide evidence in the event of a break-in, package theft, or other suspicious activity around your home. They also notify you when someone is at your door reducing the chance of you being caught out by a late evening or early morning robbery.
Smart doorbells also act as a deterrent to unscrupulous door-to-door sellers and con artists, as video footage is recorded. In the event of a late-night door knock, you can see and speak to whoever is at your front door, without having to open the door.
Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources.
When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.
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