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Safe In Summer Safety

With the weather hotting up, schools breaking up for the six week holidays and lockdown restrictions easing further, it’s time to take a few minutes to check your home security before enjoying the summer. 

Whether you’ll be spending more time in your garden (if you’re lucky enough to have one), thinking of venturing out on day trips, having a staycation or even going abroad (subject to restrictions), we have advice for you.  

Staying At Home? 

  • Even if you’re spending time in your garden, it’s still good practice to lock all windows and doors at the front of your house to make sure your home is secure. 
  • When you go to bed, make sure you’ve shut and locked all your downstairs windows and doors (and any others which are easily accessible via flat roofs). For upstairs windows, some casement windows are fitted with a secondary locking point, enabling you to have them slightly open for a little ventilation. Remember to lock them fully when you go out. 
  • Beware of bogus callers at your door. Use your spy hole and a door chain until you have seen their ID and are satisfied you want to let them in. 
  • If you’ve splashed out on any expensive garden furniture, make sure to secure these away when not in use in a locked garage or shed.  

Going Away for the Day? 

  • Securely lock all doors and windows before leaving the house. It’s easy to 
    forget when you’re in a hurry, but it’s the simplest way for a burglar to enter your 
  • Don’t advertise the fact that your home is unoccupied. Think before you post information on social media, and make sure your posts can only be seen by trusted friends and family. 
  • Ensure your shed and garage doors are secure and set your burglar alarm if you have one. 

Away for Longer? 

As well as all the above advice, if you’re going to be away from home for a longer period consider the following: 

  • A home that looks empty is far more likely to be targeted by a burglar, so it’s 
    worth making sure your home looks occupied. Use automatic timer-switches to turn on a light and perhaps a radio when it goes dark, even if you are just out for a couple of hours. 
  • Cancel any regular deliveries you may be expecting. If you’re waiting on any online deliveries which may be left in unsecure places, ask a trusted neighbour if they can be listed as a ‘safe place’ to keep any items until you return. 
  • Why not also ask a neighbour or relative if they could clear the post away from the door mat, open and close the curtains or park on your drive? 
  • Don’t leave items such as ladders and tools that may be used to break in accessible in your garden. 
  • Prevent easy access to the back and sides of your home by installing locked gates, 2 metre minimum fencing or walls. Trellis topping also makes climbing difficult. 
  • Ensure your shed and garage doors are secure and set your burglar alarm if you have one. 

More crime prevention advice can be found on our dedicated page.  

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