It is common knowledge that burglaries increase during the winter months, which is because it gets darker earlier, providing more opportunity for burglars to strike. No matter how old your home is nor how long you’ve been living there, it is never too late to secure your home. To keep your home safe this winter, here is Davcon Security Screen’s advice for you.
It may be winter; however, fire dangers are still very much real. Insurance company, Know Risk, uses the statistic that almost half (43%) of all fire fatalities occur in winter. The best way to avoid a house fire this winter is simple, yet effective: turn off and unplug all electrical appliances.
Be especially vigilant with kitchen appliances because according to the NSW Fire and Rescue service, the number one cause of household fires during winter are kitchen fires.
When going away on holiday, you should turn everything off, including TV, computer, microwave, toaster, washing machine, dryer, etc. Storms can cause electrical surges and if these appliances are plugged in, can spark a fire.
In the digital age, it is hard to tell our clients to restrict the information they put online. However, social media can be a great tool for burglars to case your home and your life. So, Davcon has two pieces of advice that may protect your home from burglary this winter.
- Don’t make a big Facebook post about your upcoming vacation that includes where you are going and for how long. This is a security risk. Especially if your account doesn’t have strict security settings. We aren’t saying shy away from social media, but perhaps wait until you are back to post all your pictures and comment on the great trip you had. Or alternatively, just refrain from saying when you are going and for how long you’ll be gone.
- Also, regardless of whether you’ll take our first piece of advice, make sure your Facebook profile (or Instagram) is set on the tightest security settings. This is because it can be very easy otherwise for burglars to find you online. Basically, all it takes for a burglar to find who you are is to read who your household mail is being addressed to (easily done by checking your mailbox when no one is home). Armed with a name (or several depending on your household) they can troll social media, find your accounts and there they can read your most recent post about your upcoming holiday!
Basics to help keep your home safe
- Crimsafe. We can confidently say that the best thing you can do to keep your home safe is to install Crimsafe on all your doors and windows. The most common method of breaking into houses and businesses is by a burglar repeatedly kicking the door until it busts apart. Crimsafe Brisbane directly combats this with its Tensile Tuff® security mesh and Screw-Clamp™ technology. Therefore, Crimsafe can withstand the large impacts of attempted break-ins (if you are interested you can read more about Crimsafe impact testing). If you’ve already got Crimsafe installed or are still waiting to do so, then the following are some great tips to help keep your home safe.
- Lock up. Ensure that all your windows and doors are locked and secure before leaving the house. If you have children, they may have opened some windows and doors without you knowing, so make sure you go check.
It might take you an extra couple minutes before you can leave the house, however, it may just prevent a burglary.
- Hide your valuables. There are three primary ways to hide your valuables, and you may wish to do all three. However even following one of these techniques is beneficial.
- Hide your valuables in different locations around the house. For example, don’t leave cash in your underwear draw, try not to keep all your expensive jewellery in one spot that screams ‘look this is the jewellery’. Also, don’t leave all the electronics in the lounge room or kitchen table.
- Have a safe or two hidden in the house where you do keep your more expensive items, especially if you go away on holiday.
- Draw your curtains and shut your blinds when you aren’t home. This prevents burglars from casing the interior of your home, perhaps counting all the electronic goods left on the kitchen table.
- Communicate with your neighbours. Hopefully, you are in the position where you have befriended and trust one of your close neighbours. If this is the case, they can keep an eye on your house whilst you’re away. This will just involve telling them when you are going away, how long you are gone and anyone who is permitted to enter your house while you are away. For example, your brother may come over once a day to feed your fish. If your neighbour knows who is allowed to be at your house, then they can assume anyone else is a risk to your home.
- Light Entryways. As it is getting darker much earlier during these colder months, the need for decent outdoor lighting becomes more important. Light is one of the biggest deterrents to burglars.
Make sure all doors are well lit, motion sensor lighting is the most effective, and has become now really affordable in recent years. We believe it should be installed at every home and is a great compliment to Crimsafe doors and windows.
If you’ve been thinking about making your home safe by installing Crimsafe, remember that we conveniently offer a free on-site cost estimate for the job and all you need to do is request a quote.