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Home security for the winter
2:30pm Wednesday 31st October 2012 in Andover
THIS Sunday of October brought with it two things – the official end of British Summer Time (BST) and the start of prolonged hours of darkness.
In light of this change to our daily routines, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is reiterating to homeowners and businesses the importance of staying safe during this winter season.
Since properties are left in darkness for longer, they can become more vulnerable to opportunistic crime.
However, by simply ensuring that effective security measures are in place, the risk of festive spirits being dampened can be reduced significantly.
James Kelly, chief executive of the BSIA, said: “Preparing your properties for the winter months does not have to be a lengthy or expensive process.
“In fact, ensuring that the security measures you already have in place are still effective can considerably reduce the risk of break-ins.”
Advice includes checking that gates, doors and windows are properly locked at all times, whether the premises are vacant or occupied.
Mr Kelly added: “If your property utilises electronic security measures, such as CCTV, it is also important to adjust the settings to match the change in natural lighting.
“For example, if your remote monitoring and lighting systems are controlled separately, the timer on the lighting must be adjusted once British Summer Time ends.
“If these systems are out of sync, an unwanted gap can be created in the footage before the lighting switches on, possibly allowing for an intruder to take advantage.”
Lone workers are also advised to be particularly careful during the winter months, as the risks can be greater this time of year, especially for those working remotely and frequently outdoors.
Rob Harris, of BSIA member company Connexion2, urges lone workers to request monitoring if they feel at risk.
An array of different security measures available on the market that will ensure properties, and people, are adequately protected during these darker nights.
Mr Kelly added: “Before choosing a solution take the time to think about how a burglar could infiltrate your property and seek expert advice where necessary in order to prevent this from happening.
“Ultimately, regardless of the solution you decide upon, it is important that you choose a professional security provider who meets the appropriate standards.”