It’s November already, and Bonfire Night is just around the corner. Studies show that burglaries increase during the dark night period between October and January. It is particularly common for burglaries to occur during Bonfire Night due to homeowners attending prearranged firework displays or parties at friends’ houses. So as well as following bonfire safety advice, you need to follow bonfire security advice as well!
Secure locks on doors and windows
You may think this is an obvious point. However, if you are holding a firework display at your own home, it’s easy to get distracted and for someone to sneak into your home without you noticing. It’s still important to lock all doors and windows in your home, even if you are present.
If you’re attending a firework display elsewhere, make sure you secure all windows and doors before leaving your home unattended.
Leave lights on indoors and outdoors
You can deter intruders from entering your home by leaving some lights on, making it appear as though someone is at home. Intruders are less likely to enter a home if they think someone is present. Leave your outdoor lighting on as well, as intruders are more likely to be spotted if your house is well-lit from the outside.
Activate your alarm system
If you have an intruder alarm system installed in your home, ensure you activate it before you leave. A burglar will sound your alarm if they enter your home, letting neighbours and bypassers know that something is wrong. If you don’t currently have an intruder alarm system installed in your home and would like to enquire about costs, please get in touch with us at Mayfair Fire & Security.
Keep valuables out of sight
This should be a general rule for all times of the year. You should be cautious about where you store expensive items in your home since burglars will look for any opportunity to steal valuables. You can also prevent visibility into your home by closing curtains or blinds.