Warm weather and summer holidays – it’s a winning combination for parents everywhere isn’t it?
A whole glorious six weeks of lazy days in the garden, trips to the seaside, ice creams for dinner, paddling in the pool, barbecues…no alarms, no school runs, no packed lunches, no uniforms to wash, no children to bribe out of the door in the mornings…bliss.
We throw open the doors and windows and let summer in. We bring out the barbeques, patio furniture, bikes, pools, lawnmower and garden tools and seemingly relax our attitude to home security. In the process, we unwittingly create a haven for burglars who target our homes and gardens when they are at their most vulnerable.
Did you know, more than 2.5 million UK homes have fallen foul of garden thefts, with the average cost of a claim now standing at £208 – that’s a total of £517 million worth of garden items that have been stolen!*
So before downing tools and popping inside for a cuppa, it’s worth considering these top tips from security specialist Yale, on how to keep your garden secure during the summer.
Whether you’re packing up for the day or just nipping inside for a ten-minute refuel, it’s important to put all garden tools and expensive items away and out of sight. It only takes a few minutes for a burglar to break in, so lock any outbuildings with a robust, weatherproof padlock and secure individual, more expensive items with anchor locks and cables.
For added peace of mind, a standalone, battery-powered alarm can be placed freestanding or fixed to a wall within your shed for easy installation and convenience. These also act as an excellent visual deterrent, to deter even the most determined intruders!
Don’t give thieves an easy ride
Approximately 1,044 bicycles are stolen daily in the UK – that’s around one every minute!** Following a winter of hibernation for the majority of cyclists, bike thefts tend to see a marked increase in summer, as the warmer weather means more people take to the two-wheeled transport. Bicycles are attractive prospects for thieves as they are widely available, universally used, easy to sell, and often left poorly secured.
Always use a heavy-duty, robust chain lock to secure your bike, and keep it out of sight overnight in a secured garage or shed. You can also register your bike with a police-approved scheme to increase the chances of your bicycle being returned.
Protect your parameters
A property that looks difficult to get into is less likely to be targeted by opportunistic thieves. As a result, always keep gates closed and repair any damaged fences. Additionally, make sure all hedges and bushes are trimmed, making it more difficult for thieves to remain undetected.
Invest in outdoor security lighting and put the spotlight on thieves. In addition to this, Yale’s Smart Home Alarm not only acts as an excellent visual deterrent but will also notify you once it’s triggered, sending a live image to your smartphone.
Lastly, remember to lock up ladders and secure wheelie bins, as these are perfect for giving burglars a leg up into the rest of your home!