How to keep your home safe during winter


As the weather gets colder and winter draws nearer, it might be time to evaluate your home security measures. During the winter, insurance claims peak. As the weather gets harsher, you will run into more and more property maintenance issues. Home burglary rates, as well as home accidents, increase in the winter. Lets look at some home security options.


Here at Axxess 28, we want to help you protect and secure your home. Let’s dive deeper into some of the problems winter presents- and how to fix them.



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How do you keep your home safe this winter?


Home burglaries


Home burglaries are proved to spike upwards during wintertime. This is from a combination of things. During autumn and winter, the days get shorter and there is less daylight. This means that there is more cover for burglaries to occur.


Often, homeowners will still be at work when the burglaries occur. During winter, at around 4 or 5pm it is dark enough to provide cover for potential thieves. Homes are often empty at this time of the year as people take holidays in warmer climates.


What preventative measures can you take?


Here are a few things you can do to put off potential burglars. Here are some home security options


Lighting


A great way to deter thieves is to make sure your home is well-lit. Having sensitive, automatic lighting by your front door can put off potential thieves. If you are going to get home late, use time-switch lights to put thieves off.


Draw the curtains a really easy home security option!


This is a super simple but surprisingly effective way of dissuading thieves. It stops them from seeing whether the house is occupied. Drawing your curtains or blinds will also stop thieves from studying the interior of your home.


Check your locks


This may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised at just how many people can end up leaving their homes unlocked. Even if you are in a rush, always take just a few minutes to double lock your doors. Another tip is to not leave keys hidden in obvious places. Thieves can quickly find keys stored under doormats or plant pots. Try leaving your keys with a neighbour instead or in a secure key safe.


Keep your garden organised


Keeping your garden or front garden organised is a great way to put off thieves. Overgrown shrubs or hedges can provide cover for thieves to use. It’s also a good idea to lock your garage or shed securely. If a thief is unable to get into your home, they might try raiding your garage or shed for expensive gardening equipment.


Install a security system for the best option


This is the best way to keep your home safe and secure. Here at Axxess 28, we install smart security systems. A smart home security system connects to your Wi-Fi network so you can monitor and control your security devices using your smartphone and an app. It even monitors all the house security cameras you may have added.


Entry level systems usually include door and window sensors, a motion detector, and a smart hub that communicates with these devices wirelessly. You can then add extra door and window motion sensors or more security cameras.


This is a great way to secure your home not just for winter, but for all year round. Interested in having a security system installed? Get in touch today.


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