With the dark nights setting in and the colder weather on its way, what better way to spend time with friends and family than enjoying the bright lights and spectacle of your local bonfire or fireworks display. But while you're busy making plans to enjoy yourself, have you made plans to make sure your home is secure? On Bonfire Night, many people are out of the house and noisy fireworks can provide a perfect distraction for criminals to get to work. UK statistics from 2018 show that theft rose by 115% on the 5th November.
So whether you’re planning on venturing out or hosting your own event at home, follow our tips for keeping your house and belongings safe and protected this bonfire night.
Remember to lock your doors
This may seem like a fairly obvious one, but research has found 40% of UK residents don't check whether windows are locked and 29% don't check doors when they leave the house.
Make sure you have the right security in place
Not having the right security in place could not only make life easier for burglars, but also invalidate your home insurance policy. Make sure all doors and windows are in good condition and that the bolts and locks are secure. If you have an alarm system, set it before you leave the house. Remember if you have taken out our Alarm response one of our patrols will be with you within 7 minutes of your alarm being activated.
Ensure expensive items are out of sight
Valuable gadgets such as phones, tablets, laptops and handbags are a key target for opportunistic thieves with the most popular stolen items on Bonfire Night being iPhones and MacBooks. So make sure everyone in your home keeps your valuables out of sight.
Give the impression that someone is in
A dark, quiet house will clearly show that no one is home, so if you’re going out it’s a good idea to make it look like someone is there. Simply fitting a timer on a lamp or radio can often be enough to deter thieves.
Keep cars safe
Make sure cars are parked away in a garage or safe place and remove any valuables or items which could be easily damaged or vandalised.
Avoid telling people you’re going to be out
Posting pictures on social media may seem like a good idea at the time but letting people know you’re not at home could make you a thieves target.
Check your home is covered
To give yourself piece of mind make sure you have adequate cover for your home and valuables should you be unfortunate enough to be broken into.
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