5 occasions when you need to step up your home security & how to do it.

Many burglaries are opportunistic. The more exposed your property looks to a thief, the more chance of you being victim of burglary. Find out when you are most vulnerable and how to protect your home.

Did you know burglary has peak seasons? There are occasions when your property and possessions are more likely to be targeted by opportunistic thieves.

We take a look at the points in the year when you need to boost your home security and how to do it.

Step 1

If you move in to a new property.

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Why?

When you move, you start with the landlord's or previous owner's level of security – is it sufficient for you?

Step 2

If you’re going away on holiday.

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Why?

However long you’re away for you need to make sure you take precautions so that opportunist burglars don't notice the property is empty.

Step 3

When the clocks change in the autumn.

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Why?

All of a sudden it’s darker earlier, and some insurers have found that burglary claims can rise by 5% in the week the clocks go back. Burglary figures also increase around Bonfire Night – the combination of people out watching fireworks and lots of loud noises potentially providing cover for break-ins make it tempting for thieves.

Step 4

Christmas.

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Why?

It's the busiest time of the year for burglars for two reasons – homes are quite often empty with people out shopping, socialising or away visiting and also contain lots of easily saleable new stuff – still box fresh.

Step 5

If you’re having building work done.

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Why?

You’re likely to have lots of people coming and going, lots of deliveries being made – and your doors might not always be shut. Builders' tools can also provide additional temptation.

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