How to keep your home safe and secure after the lockdown

Millions of people across the UK are expected to return to work over the next few months, leaving homes unoccupied throughout the country. The first national lockdown failed to prevent two-thirds of burglaries despite people being ordered to stay at home.

While homes were occupied for more of the time, it is likely a portion of the burglaries occurred in second homes or holiday lets that were left unoccupied for a length of time. The research also found 69 per cent of car thefts and 76 per cent of bicycle thefts also still occurred when compared to the previous year.

The average cost of stolen goods in home burglaries reached £2,856, the comparison site’s analysis of Office of National Statistics information shows. There are now fears that even more burglaries will be committed this year as restrictions ease again. 

When it comes to home security and preventative measures, only 25 per cent of UK households have a burglar alarm fitted in their home, while 18 per cent do not have any window locks fitted.

There are now fears of a domestic burglary resurgence as the nationwide vaccination rollout progresses and lockdown restrictions ease. 

As people begin returning to offices and heading off on holidays, many homes could soon be left vacant for long periods for the first time since March last year, encouraging burglars to try and take advantage.

To give piece of mind to homeowners, we have put together this home security guide, suggesting safety precautions across a property

The Perimeter 

Ensuring a perimeter is guarded can instantly discourage an intruder. Tall hedges and fences will help but we also recommend CCTV.

Currently, only 20% of Brits have CCTV in place, which gives the disadvantage of not having a deterrent and dismisses further chances of catching the burglar.

Smart CCTV systems go one step further and allow a person to monitor their homes from a mobile device – a perfect solution to not being on the property but still being able to keep an eye on home. An alert is sent in real time, meaning the police can be called even when the user is miles away.

Inside Security 

62% of UK residents don’t have an alarm system in place. Again, having an alarm visible on the outside of the building works as a deterrent, and inside the house it can quickly scare the criminal, whilst also alerting a phone to allow the user to deal with the situation even when they are away from the property.

The Back Garden 

An area that can be just as vulnerable as the front, the back garden needs equal levels of protection, but currently only 1 in 3 Brits have motion sensor lights in place. Security lighting is not only a useful gadget to have for idyllic garden ambience, but it can also scare burglars and stop them in their tracks. Like smart CCTV systems, a smart security light sends a message to the user if it has detected movement, again meaning the owner does not need to be at home to have control of the situation.

Gardens also house power tools and expensive equipment such as lawn mowers, making them prone to theft. Sheds and garages should be considered as vital as the home itself, and high security padlocks could be the difference between a break-in or no harm done.