Bonfire Night is one of the most exciting nights of the year, next to Christmas and New Years Eve. There’s nothing better than enjoying quality family time amongst fires and delicious food whilst watching firework displays. This excitement however, isn’t without its risks.
Statistics show that Bonfire Night is the most targeted night for burglary in the UK throughout the whole year, with 21% more occurring than any other day. This is an astonishing figure, to say the UK experiences a burglary every 40 seconds. In 2016, there were a reported 650,000 break-ins on Bonfire Night, a significant increase from previous years.
Simple methods such as leaving lights on, installing roller shutters and security systems could be the difference between a thief choosing your home or not.
So, how can you protect your home this Bonfire Night whilst still enjoying festivities?
- Be Discreet – It’s important to be sensible when it comes to Social Media on Bonfire Night. You wouldn’t advertise on your front door that you’re out of the house, would you? Always be careful when posting content on Social Media, as you don’t want to give away that your home is empty. Save pictures and videos to post later, once you’re at home.
- Invest in a Security System – Statistics show that 81% of burglars will avoid homes with security alarms. If you already have one, request a sticker for your front door that alerts people that your home is armed. Another security system you can utilise is manual roller shutters. These shutters are an effective, low-cost way to deter thieves from your home and protect your belongings and family throughout the festive season.
- Lock Your Windows – As simple as this task sounds, you’d be surprised how many people ignore it. In fact, a shocking 42% of homeowners admit to leaving windows unlocked when leaving their home. It’s important to always check windows and doors are fully locked and secure when leaving to avoid any chances of inviting burglars.
These are just three effective tips on securing your home. If you require more information on home security, Excel Roller Shutters have a fantastic range of products, why not call them today on 01924 637084.