Should I Lock my Door at Night?

Should I Lock my Door at Night?

You might think that locking your door at night is something that everyone does, but you might be surprised to learn that millions of people forget to do it. In fact, over 17% of burglaries occur because a burglar was able to get in through an unlocked door.

There are several reasons for why you should be locking your door at night, or anytime that you leave the house unsupervised. We have gone through some of the reasons why locking your house at night is the best possible thing to do for your home security.

 

To Prevent Burglary

Burglary and theft certainly has to rank on top of the list for why you should be locking your door at night. Burglars will always choose the easiest opportunity to gain entry to a house and what’s better than a non-locked house with sleeping household. 61% of burglaries take place within the hours of 6pm and 6am, so your overnight security is paramount to the security of your home.

 

To Prevent Other Break-ins

Leaving your door unlocked overnight can potentially give access to those wishing to do more than steal things. So, it’s very important that you not only make sure your door is locked at night, but also adding some extra security to your door, such as a door chain.

 

Protecting Your Family

If you have children who walk whilst asleep, there is a big possibility they will open the door and get out, which could lead to injury. It’s dangerous for children to go out of their bedroom while sleepwalking, so be extra cautious they don’t get out of the house due to being unlocked!

If you have small children in the house and they wake up at night, they may wonder round without your knowledge. If they are tall enough to reach the door, then you need to lock the front and back door and move the key somewhere out of reach.

couple sleeping at night

Protecting your Pets

If you have a pet, you should start locking your doors at night especially if your door is easy to open. Big dogs can open a door by either applying force to it or pushing it by their paws.

It’s also worth knowing that with the prices of puppies right now, they are at hight risk of being stolen. Dog thefts have increased in the UK over the last few years. So, you need to lock your doors, not only to stop your pets getting out, but to stop someone getting in to steal your pets.

 

Is There a Disadvantage of Locking your Home Door at Night?

There are no disadvantages to locking your door at night, however some people might feel a bit more anxious about getting out of the house in an emergency. In a panic, you may not be thinking clearly and be able to find your keys but there are a few things that you can do to mitigate this risk.

 

What Can you Do?

Have a place for your keys. It’s worth having a designated place to keep your keys at night, so you always know where to find them.

 

Is It Safe to Leave your Keys in the Back of the Door After Locking It at Night?

You can leave locks in the door, but this can leave you open to lock fishing and should a burglar smash any glass within your door it can give them a easy way to open your door.

Read our Ultimate Guide to Door & Lock Security here!

girl sleeping at night

Should you Lock your Bedroom Door at Night?

Locking your bedroom door can help to make you feel more secure but there are a few things that you should consider. If you have young children in the home, locking the door may delay you leaving should an emergency arise, likewise in the event of a fire it can make escaping more difficult.

If you have children under the age of 11 in your home then you should NEVER lock their bedroom doors, this is in case there is an emergency such as fire, or if one falls out of bed, or having another form of accident in their bedroom.

Shutting your bedroom door

 

There are some benefits of shutting (but not locking) your bedroom door at night;

  • Stop the spread of fire
  • Block out noises that could disturb sleep
  • More secure if someone breaks in

So while we wouldn’t recommend locking your bedroom door, you may want to think about shutting it completely when sleeping.