Valentine’s Day is a time for love and romance – celebrating your relationship with your significant other. It’s a happy time for many, organising meals, dates and even weekends away to indulge in each other’s presence. However, Valentine’s Day does not come without its risks.
Weekends away can be wonderful – for both you and a criminal. In this day and age, social media has a massive impact on crimes such as theft and burglary. Posting about your time away may seem harmless, but to a burglar it’s an open invitation to strike your home.
Because of this, it’s important to consider home security, as well as being careful about what you post online. There are a number of ways in which you can protect your home from being targeted.
To help, we’ve listed a few below:
- Alarm Systems – Alarm systems are a common choice for domestic properties. Although you won’t be home, the alarm will alert neighbours and those around that a break-in is occurring, urging them to call the police. Alarms will also frighten a burglar off and even prevent them from striking at all, if it’s clear you have a functioning alarm.
- Roller Shutters & Window Grilles – These are a more intense and effective measure for your home. Acting as a barrier over windows and doors, shutters protect your house from break-ins when you’re not home. Roller shutters can also deter thieves from your property, as they’ll be aware of how difficult they are to break through and will likely move to an easier target.
- Ask Your Neighbours – Simple things such as asking your neighbours to check in on your house whilst you’re away – opening and closing curtains, turning lights on, removing mail from the letterbox etc. could massively help. Creating the idea that you’re still at home, despite being away, could be the difference between being targeted or not by a criminal.
These are just a few simple ways that you can protect your home around Valentine’s Day, or for any trip away in that case. Excel offer fantastic security products, which you can find here. Alternatively, you can call them on 0800 1357834 for more information.