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March 24, 2016
Be Safe this Easter as the Clocks go Forward

Safety at EasterCan you believe it’s Easter already? Us neither.

This year the Easter weekend coincides with the clocks going forward, so even though we get an hour less sleep, most of us also get a long weekend to enjoy.

We’re starting to reap the benefits of spring already with slightly warmer temperatures, which has led to an increase of open windows and opportunities for thieves. But it’s not just windows left open that causes a threat to your security at this time of year.

Are your Outbuildings Secure?

Have you thought how secure your cars, bikes, lawnmowers, hedge cutters and power tools are in your garage or shed?

As we spend more and more time outside in the warmer months, we tend to leave our sheds and garages open with our expensive equipment on display. This can be an all-too-tempting invitation for opportunist thieves, as well as burglars who like to plan their next crime.

But don’t worry, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent your home and outbuildings from being a goldmine for burglars.

Use your house alarm
If you have one, use it. Alarms are the main deterrent for burglars.

Make access difficult
Make access to your home and outbuildings as difficult as possible and always make sure that side and rear gates are closed and locked at all times.
 
Lock the front if you’re in your back garden
Don’t forget to lock your front doors and windows, including upstairs windows, when you’re in your back garden.
 
Lock the back if you’re in your front garden
It works both ways. Always lock your back doors and windows, including upstairs windows, when you’re in your front garden.
 
Lock all doors and windows when you leave
This may sound obvious but always double check your doors and windows are shut and locked securely when you leave your property.
 
Lock outbuildings
Lock outbuildings with good quality padlocks and door chains where necessary.
 
Double lock your doors
Double lock your doors when possible. If you have UPVC doors, remember lifting the handle does not lock the door. Lift the handle then lock the door with a key.

Use the correct locks
Make sure you have the correct locks on your main entry and exit door. If you’re not sure whether yours are OK, contact us for a free, no obligation survey.
 
Make your home look occupied
If you’re leaving home before it gets light or will be returning when it’s dark, use timer switches to turn lights, radios and TVs etc. on and off.
 
Light your pathway
Install a sensor light so your pathway and front door are lit during dark mornings and late evenings.
 
Distraction burglary
Be aware of people trying to distract you away from your home, especially during the early mornings. They may have an accomplice ready to enter your house.

If you have any questions about security for your home or business, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 01908 483233 or 01205 449399, alternatively you can email us at info@lockedandsecure.co.uk.

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