Most of us are spending more time at home than ever before as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The social distancing restrictions and new working from home measures mean that we’re spending a lot of time in our houses, so it’s no surprise that experts have seen a rise in home security in Bristol.
The desire for increased home security has gone global, and research carried out by Parks Associates in the US shows that more people are planning security projects right now.
“People are also likely to have a home improvement project planned now,” says Jennifer Kent, a Senior Director at Parks Associates, “and while COVID-19 has caused some households to avoid projects that bring installers into the home, 23% of security system owners scheduled a project with a contractor at their house.”
And as the autumn is here and the nights start drawing in, there is generally an increase in ‘acquisitive crime’—offences that are commonly referred to as ‘twilight burglaries’.
The combination of being at home more and this change in the seasons means that now’s the time to really consider upping your security at home. And there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of a break-in:
• Don’t hide spare keys under flowerpots or doormats—these are places burglars will check.
• Keep keys out of sight and out of reach—and that means indoors, too. For example, don’t leave the key inside your back door lock.
• Good lighting on the outside of your house is a great deterrent. Go for an LED light that stays on from morning until night.
But ultimately you need a strong security system in place to give you the peace of mind that your home is completely safe. To find out more about home security in Bristol, get in touch with us today.