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How good is your summer home security?

dreamstime_xs_68647734Enjoying the sunshine? Summer is finally here for the UK and so far, we really have enjoyed some glorious weeks; so how can we ensure that our summer home security is in good shape?

For some people the heat is great, for others it can be a little unbearable and so the temptation to throw open the doors and windows and let the breeze flow through is especially refreshing.

Whilst it is great to draw the outdoor air through our homes. It is also important to remember to stay vigilant in terms of home summer security. Often in the summer we are tempted to let down our guard. Having opened up the house, we can sometimes forget to close doors and windows before leaving the property or we may go out into the back garden, forgetting that we have left the front windows wide open.  Are you guilty of not being tight on summer home security?

These are easy targets for intruders to gain access into our properties very quickly and quietly. Jumping through a downstairs window can take seconds and if you are out in your back garden, you won’t even here an intruder on the hunt for your precious possessions.

Also, night time can be a particular summer home security issue. Leaving windows wide open at night when you are asleep gives intruders the prime opportunity to enter your home without having to break in. The better option is to only leave a very small window open which would be more difficult to climb through and internally, open up the room doors to let the air flow through.  Closing your curtains throughout intense sunshine times during the day, will also help to keep the house cool into the evening.   Plugging an electric fan into the main rooms whilst you are in the property, will also help to move the air around the rooms.

In a 2016 article by the Telegraph – “Burglaries which involve unlocked doors and windows should not be investigated according to senior officer”.

The article stated that, around 20 per cent of burglaries in England and Wales from April 2005 to March 2015 involved access through unlocked doors and open windows”. And went onto say that, A crime survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics found that around 15 per cent of burglaries took place because doors were not locked, while in around seven per cent of cases a window was open or could be pushed open”.

Stay safer with summer home security

It's important to remember that if a break-in does occur through an open door or window, then not only may the police not be that sympathetic to support your case, but also you may not be covered by your insurance.

This summer its worth keeping on your guard in terms of summer home security.  By making just a few simple changes to the way you protect your property with summer home security will go a long way to keeping you and your family safer by putting you in the right frame of mind to be more vigilant.  For more information on keeping your house safe and secure this summer, please contact our summer home security team. Here at SGS Systems Ltd we provide security solutions for home owners including the installation and regular maintenance of burglar alarms in both wired and wireless alarm options and CCTV monitoring equipment for 24/7 internal and external surveillance around the property.

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