It is vitally important that you have a well-maintained smoke alarm in your home.
They detect fires minutes before a person can, and can therefore allow your family some crucial extra time to leave the house and get to safety. They can also alert neighbours to the fire, who can call the emergency services. It is estimated by the Fire and Rescue service that there are around 140 house fires a day, and around 500 fatalities and over ten thousand injuries annually.
Nobody wants their home to be burgled, home owners who want to reduce their chances of coming home to a nasty surprise need to understand what makes a property attractive to burglars and take steps to make their home look like more of a challenge than it’s worth.
As the dark, winter months come rolling in, it’s time to think about home security and how we can ensure extra safety precautions for both family and property. The festive season is renowned for increased burglaries with the onset of dark evenings providing perfect cover and ample opportunity for thieves to thrive in. There are many things one can do to thwart or divert criminal activity, and often it’s the small things that delay their efforts that make them give up and go elsewhere. Following some simple guidelines can mean the difference between a nasty (and often costly) experience and peace of mind so here’s a few tips on how to make your home a safe haven this year.
A burglary occurs every 40 seconds in the United Kingdom, according to the independent charity Crimestoppers, making it one of the country’s most commonly committed criminal acts. For victims, it is a crime which can have a devastating impact, leading to emotional distress and the loss of irreplaceable or highly valuable possessions.
A large part of keeping your home safe is knowing when thieves tend to strike. As a general rule, burglars are more likely to enter your house when they believe that you will not be home, since this provides the least amount of resistance. By being aware of when a burglar is most likely to strike, you can take the necessary precautions and keep your house safe throughout the year.
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