Dark nights can mean a lot of become more prone to adding, or thinking about adding, extra security to our home. Obviously, in the daytime, when it is light, we can see more and this means that we sometimes may feel more secure as we could spot anything out of the ordinary more than in the night time. We would be able to spot shady looking people hanging about the neighbourhood, or near to our home, notice if gates have been opened or if there are any other odd discrepancies such as signs that your car has been tampered with or even if it looks like someone may have tried to get into your home through a window that has been opened (you closed it before you left home).
Darkness can be a prime time for thieves to take cover under, especially very late at night or very early in the morning. If your home is going to be targeted, thieves will look for deterrents such as CCTV camera systems, alarms, high bay lights and intricate locking systems. If your home lacks any of these – or even all of these – then your home is more likely to be the target of a burglary. You should do all you can to stop your home becoming a target as burglaries can be very painful, stressful incidents which can leave you feeling anxious and unsafe in your own home – especially if you have a family who live with you.
When thinking about which security would work best for your situation, you will need to assess all important details. Think about where you could put deterrents, and whether they would be successful in where they are placed. For example, there is no point placing a CCTV camera at the back of your home if there is no access into or out of your garden. It would be better suited to the front of your house, where main activity of entering and leaving the home takes place.
Most burglaries are carefully planned and researched. You will find that potential thieves will have spent a fair amount of time assessing your home, and looking at vantage points, easy places of entry and the best and fastest way to break into your home without getting caught. A good security system could have spotted these thieves weeks before the actual break in took place, giving you vital evidence to pass on to the police or relevant authorities.
Our homes are a place of refuge, and a place which we should be allowed to feel safe in regardless of whether the reputation of the community and location we live in is not that great. Our homes are also big pockets of investment, and we should do all we can to protect all the hard work it has taken to develop, maintain and structure our homes to a level which we are proud of. Think about security, think about how it can benefit you and protect your most important assets.