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Follow these top tips to avoid being victim of burglary this winter

The darker days and longer nights are upon us which means one thing for property owners – a higher chance of being the victim of burglary.

Burglaries peak at this time of year, as thieves are protected by the longer periods of darkness experienced from the late afternoon to early morning.

Whether you’re a landlord, tenant or homeowner, there are ways that you can avoid being the victim of burglary and protect your property:

Check the locks

Landlords must check the locks on their property before each new tenant moves in, but it is also a good idea to give them a try when you conduct periodic inspections. All tenants and homeowners should ensure that the locks are working and secure, particularly at this time of year. If they’re not, have them changed or repaired – and remember to use them!

Remember the shed

If your property has a shed and/or garage, remember that this must be adequately secured as well. Make sure that the structure is sound and the locks are working, and again, remember to keep it locked when it’s not in use. This will also help to protect you if you have to make an insurance claim, notes specialist provider Just Landlords.

Sound the alarm

If you don’t already have a burglar alarm, it is definitely worth investing in one for your home or rental property. Not only do they scare thieves off when they break into your home, but they also let your neighbours know that you’ve been the victim of a burglary. In addition, they may also put a potential burglar off choosing your property.

Put it away

Never leave valuables or important items, such as your car keys, in sight of windows and doors. Hide expensive items in safe places, or even lock them away so that burglars don’t know that they are there. Landlords should remind tenants to keep any valuables out of sight so that the property doesn’t become a target.

Leave the lights on

If you’re going away on holiday or don’t get home from work until it’s dark, put some lights on timers so that the property looks occupied when it’s empty. This will hopefully put a burglar off choosing your home, as they will believe that someone is in. It is also wise to install motion-sensor lights on the outside of your house, which will deter potential thieves.

Have someone round

Tenants, if you’re going away during the winter, let your landlord know and give them permission to check on the property while you’re on holiday. Homeowners should also ask a friend or neighbour to park their car in the drive or close the curtains so that the home looks occupied. If you don’t make it obvious that the property is empty, burglars will likely look for somewhere that is.

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