- Residents urged to secure homes as clocks go back
- Burglary increases expected during autumn and winter
Hertfordshire Constabulary is reminding residents to keep homes secure and report suspicious behaviour as clocks go back, bringing darker afternoons and evenings.
Burglary levels increasing
Burglary levels have increased year on year by 44% between 1 April 2017–15 October 2017. Burglary increases during the autumn as afternoons get darker, making it easier to identify unlit, unoccupied homes.
This autumn police will be focusing on burglary as a priority, providing advice on home security and general crime prevention.
Herts Police suggest some basic crime prevention advice such as using timers on lights or radios, as well as tips regarding securing windows and doors.
Keep doors and windows locked
Be sure to check ground floor windows and doors are closed and locked when leaving the house or going to bed. Lock upstairs windows when the house is unoccupied.
PVCu doors must be locked by lifting the handle and turning the key to ensure all the security features are in place.
Chief Inspector Lockley from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction Unit said:
“Many people don’t remember or don’t know to double-lock PVCu doors by lifting the handle and turning the key to engage all the safety features. Also obvious things like closing all windows and locking garden gates and garages – it’s surprising how many burglaries would be prevented by simply doing these things.”
We can help
At Presswarm we offer a range of products to increase the security of your home. This begins at the front door with a Solidor door, featuring Ultion locks as standard. Ultion have passed tests that even the finest 3 star locks can’t achieve, making it the most secure lock available.
Amongst the many window systems we use is Kommerling which have been designed to offer the highest levels of security for your home. We provide windows that have multi-point locking systems and even lockable handles. There are several other key security features we can offer so please contact us for further information.