Don’t Be Left In The Dark This Winter

Now that the clocks have gone back and British Summertime has come to and end our attention turns to the impending dark nights and Christmas.

With the whirlwind of shopping trips, festive parties and visiting relatives, it can be easy to forget things. Did I leave the backdoor unlocked? Have I left the hair straighteners on? However, home security shouldn’t be an after thought.

Recent statistics have revealed that during the winter, burglaries increase by 38% as thieves take advantage of the darker evenings and empty homes. Additionally, thefts in winter months are more likely to happen on a Friday than any other day of the week*.

Keeping your home secure doesn’t have to break the bank and even the simplest of additions can make a huge difference to your home security.

For that added peace of mind, the security experts at Yale have devised these ten top tips on how to secure your home this winter:

  • Leave a light or radio on in your property to give the illusion that someone is home. Using a light switch timer is perfect as it allows you to schedule when your lights come on.
  • Ensure all windows, upstairs and downstairs, are secured with at least one appropriate lock and doors should be secured mortice lock or night latch that complies with British Standard BS3621.


  • Ensure access points are well-lit with outdoor security lighting.
  • Invest in a burglar alarm or CCTV system. 60% of burglaries attempted on homes with alarms are unsuccessful, so it makes sense to get one installed. Yale’s Easy Fit Alarm systems are simple to install and can be connected to your smartphone.


  • Don’t post your location on social media when out at parties or events as it advertises your property as empty.
  • Invest in a Digital Door Viewer to check who is at your property and if you trust them, before answering.
  • Computers, cash and electrical goods and jewellery are the most commonly stolen household items. Don’t leave these out in full view and protect the smaller items in a home safe securely bolted to the floor or wall.
  • To avoid identity theft, shred important documents and confidential paperwork.
  • Don’t leave ladders or tools lying around in your back garden or shed as these can be used to break into your home.
  • Secure sheds and outbuildings during the winter months with a weather proof, heavy-duty padlock. To help secure individual items of higher value use anchor locks and cables.


For more information on home security visit for top tips and advice.

*Co-operative Insurance

Do you have any other tips for keeping your home safe? Share them in the comments below.

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  1. Rachel C
    3 November, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    Some really useful tips here. We always leave a light on, and if we are going out and someone is walking past as I’m closing the door, I always shout into the house ‘see you later, won’t be long. Call me if they do come and pick it up’ so passers by think someone is still there!

  2. 3 November, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    Some really useful tips, I use to always have a timer for my lights when I use to work long shifts or went on holiday’s. xx

  3. 3 November, 2015 / 3:20 pm

    Those are some scary statistics. I am paranoid about posting when I am out of the house & never do it for that reason! You really are announcing an empty house! That security system looks great & it’s cool you can connect it to your smartphone. x

  4. 3 November, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    It still really surprises me when people announce they are off on holiday for 2 weeks to wherever all over social media, I mean seriously… why? x

  5. 3 November, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    God I never even think about things like this! Thank god I have contents insurance. No on a serious note I am a double checker and lock all my windows and doors and usually get the kids in the car and just double check the front door to be sure. To be fair whenever we go on holiday as we have a cat there is always someone staying at our house. It is good to be aware of other ways of keeping your home safe. X

  6. Ellen O'Keeffe
    4 November, 2015 / 10:22 am

    I never answer the door if I’m home alone – too many horror stories going around these days. Good tips though – I never thought of leaving a light on when we go out. I hope to get a dog soon too which may give me some peace of mind when I am home alone x

  7. 5 November, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    I’m always asking my husband for an alarm system. We don’t have a big house and live on a busy road but there were 2 break ins recently very close to us and I just can’t help but worry. Especially with a little one in the house! X

  8. 5 November, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    Great post, really useful for any time of the year, we live way out in the countryside with no neighbours close by so I try to be security conscious all the time

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