With the pressures of day-to-day life home security is often overlooked, so National Home Security Month (NHSM) has been designed to create awareness around the importance of home security.
Although National Home Security Month officially takes place in October, it’s important to make home security a key priority at all times.
If in doubt, keep them out!
The majority of people who call at your home will be genuine. However sometimes people can turn up unannounced with the intention of gaining access to your property by tricking you into letting them into your home. This tactic is known as ‘distraction burglaries’ or ‘bogus callers’, whose only aim is to gain access into your home to steal money or valuables. You should always be cautious when someone calls at the door that you do not know!
On July 14, 2016, software development company Niantic released Pokémon GO, a mobile game built upon the highly popular Japanese media franchise, in the UK. To say the game was an instant hit is an understatement. Only one week after its launch in the United States on July 6, it was named the biggest selling mobile game in U.S. history. The game’s popularity isn’t just limited to North America, however. Children all over the UK are playing the game, too, and it’s raised a number of questions regarding player safety. With an unprecedented amount of interest in the mobile game, some believe that it presents vulnerabilities that can put players, especially children, at risk.
Remember insurance doesn’t often pay out on unlocked property. So make sure all of your property is securely locked and your belongings inside. Summer time is especially busy for ‘crooks’. Always have house doors and windows locked but only use deadlocks when you aren’t in the house. Garages and sheds need to be locked at all times.
You can be pro-active and implement simple safeguards to avoid opportunistic thefts
. These thieves prefer items that are easy to carry and or are easiest to part with for cash.
City of London Police is warning people to be on their guard following a number of incidents of mobile phone snatches in which the victim has been walking along the pavement with a phone in their hand, when a moped has mounted the pavement and the pillion passenger has grabbed the phone.