Winter Home Security Tips

Making your home unappealing to a burglar is the key to preventing it from being burgled during the winter period and is one of the most effective forms of crime prevention.

Darker and colder nights can mean ‘easy pickings’ for criminals, with an increase in burglaries during the winter months.

Typically the number of break-ins across the UK increases when it gets darker earlier (a burglary occurs every two minutes in the month of November).

Simple Steps to Take:

Simple prevention can be taken to ensure your home stays secure this winter:

  • Make sure all doors are securely locked at all times.

  • If you are not going to be home leave a light on or on a timer to give the illusion that your home is occupied. A TV or Radio is a good alternative to leaving a light on.

  • Make sure all accessible windows are locked and have restrictors fitted for added security – intruders can wiggle through any gap that is larger than a human head.

  • Have a burglar alarm fitted. Some alarm systems can end up costing as much as £2000, if this is something you can’t afford have a dummy alarm fitted for as little as £14.99 a fraction of the price but equally as effective in deterring a burglar.

  • Lock all garages and sheds.

  • Check the perimeter of your home for weak spots.

  • Have motion sensing lights fitted to the outside of your home.

  • Mark any valuables with a UV pen and register them on www.immobilise.com

  • Keep your curtains or blinds closed at night.

  • Don’t leave any valuables where they can be seen by passersby on the street.

  • Don’t share any holiday plans on Social Media.

  • If you are going on a winter break leave a spare key with a trusted neighbour or relative so they can keep an eye on your home whilst you’re away.

Fundraising for Children in Need

This year the Keytek® Team will be holding a Charity day in aid of Children in Need on Friday 14thNovember!

This year we will be holding a variety of fundraising activities including ‘Breakfast at Your Desk’ team members will have the choice of a hot beverage and a breakfast treat to enjoy at their desk, ‘Kinect Sports Rivals’ where staff will use their sports skills against each other and a guess ‘Where is Pudsey baking?’ competition.

Fundraising events that ran as part of last year’s fundraising activities were very successful and included a Bake Sale, ‘Breakfast at Your Desk’ and Mario Kart Championship. The Bake Sale ran throughout the day, baked goods on sale included anything from ‘Cherry Bakewell Slices’ to ‘Cake Pops’ dipped in chocolate, with the ‘Cake Pops’ proving to be extremely popular! The Mario Kart Championship saw members of staff battling it out through several rounds of different race courses to win ‘Mario’s Gold Chocolate Coins’.

Last year’s efforts saw us raise an impressive £113.15, this year Keytek® are aiming to beat this by setting a target of £150.

Locked out of your house?

We all know that being locked out of your home can be an extremely stressful time especially in the colder months. Don’t worry, you are not alone, whether you are locked out during the day or even the middle of the night an emergency locksmith can help.

What to do when you’re locked out of your house

Do’s and Don’ts

Locked out of your house?Don’t try to break in to your own home as you may cause damage to your property and yourself by doing so.

Don’t call your local emergency services such as the police or fire brigade, they will charge you and may damage your door as they are not trained locksmiths by trade. These types of emergency call outs to these services are said to cost taxpayers more than 5 million pounds a year.

Don’t force the wooden or uPVC door. This could cause further damage to the door and incur costly repairs.

Do call your local emergency locksmith straight away on 0800 035 0451.

The emergency locksmith will ask you the following questions…

  • Where are your house keys? – Are they inside your property, stolen or lost? If your keys have been lost or stolen you will need to make your local Police Station aware and give the incident number to the locksmith.
  • What type of lock do you have on your door? – Is your door uPVC or wooden? Is the lock shoulder height or waist height?
  • Is your lock faulty? – If your lock is faulty the local locksmith will ask you to give a brief a description of what is happening when you are trying to unlock your door.

The majority of emergency locksmiths will recommend an average emergency response time of approximately 30 minutes* to ensure that you are not locked out of your property for too long.

Now relax knowing that a skilled locksmith is on their way…

*where possible

 

Check our guide on What to Do When Your uPVC Door or Window Won’t Open here!