Protect your Home in the Heatwave

As a heatwave sweeps the nation, bringing highs of up to 30 degrees in parts of the UK this weekend, the British public are being warned by police to take extra care with regards to burglars.

Open window
Open windows tempt thieves.

With temperatures set to soar over the next few weeks, many of us are leaving doors and windows open or ajar, both in our homes and offices, in an attempt to help combat the searing heat. However, this is an open invitation to burglars who won’t be slow to cotton on to the fact that people are off their guard.

It only takes seconds for a thief to reach through an open window, or push open an unlocked door, and your valuables would be gone, so follow these tips to ensure that you’re not a victim!

  1. Don’t leave windows open unattended

It’s easy to say keep your windows and doors locked, but this doesn’t solve the problem of the stifling temperature. Instead, shut the windows and doors behind you when you leave a room.

  • Keep doors and windows shut if you’re in the garden

Whilst it’s tempting to just pop into the garden and enjoy a cup of tea in the sunshine, it could only take minutes for your house to be burgled. Ensure that you shut all windows before retreating into the garden.

  • Keep valuables out of sight

Take extra care not to leave purses, wallets and car keys on window sills or in view.

  • Lock sheds and garages at night

It’s tempting to not lock up properly at night if you know you’re going to be outside again in the morning, but outbuilding burglaries are on the increase at this time of year.

  • Set your burglar alarm

It’s one of the simplest ways to deter burglars, however more than a third of UK homeowners admit to NOT setting their burglar alarms on a regular basis! Don’t be one of them!

Find out more about protecting your home the SMART way.