With a spike in the rate of burglaries occurring in the autumn and winter months, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has highlighted some of the best ways to ensure that your property is secure. This advice applies to landlords and homeowners alike, and has been issued as part of National Home Security Month.
According to the RLA, there is a 25 per cent increase in burglaries at this time of the year, which means everyone needs to be vigilant and make sure they are doing all they can to keep their home secure.
Among the pieces of advice offered by the association are to ensure that any windows that are accessible from outside the property are fitted with window locks and that any doors fit their frames properly and aren’t damaged.
Installing burglar alarms, security lights and door chains are other things you can do to boost the security of your home, the organisation added.
If you’re concerned about the condition of your sash windows in Berkshire, it could be advisable to get an expert to check them and advise you on how best to secure them and keep them in top condition for the winter.
Figures shared by the National Home Security Month campaign show that 70 per cent of burglaries happen during the week, and that the average value of items stolen is between £700 and £3,000.
What’s more, 16 per cent of people admit to failing to lock their windows or doors when they go out and 25 per cent of Brits revealed that they have no home security at all.