Darker nights – a blessing or a curse?

I don’t know about you but I’m loving the onset of Autumn and the darker nights – and the thought that Christmas is only just around the corner!

In fact, the sooner I can get away with putting up my Christmas trees – yes that’s more than one! – the better.

But the worrying thing is that burglars are fans of the darker nights too, and at this time of year there’s always an increased risk of thieves targeting houses across the county.

Burglar breaks into house through back door

Figures from previous years have shown that now Autumn is here and with the clocks soon to go back, the number of burglaries will probably soar.

The darker evenings create the perfect circumstances for would-be burglars to strike, and as householders it’s our responsibility to do everything we can to protect our homes and families.

The statistics are actually very frightening, as the rate of insurance claims for burglaries is actually 10% higher than in the Spring.

So what can we all do to protect ourselves?

Well firstly I’ll be making sure that our household insurance is up-to-date, just in case the worst should happen.

Check out the policies that offer an unlimited amount of contents cover as that’s very convenient in today’s world of gadgets and hi-tech appliances.

But don’t be fooled by cheaper premiums as a cheaper policy may restrict the amount of cover you actually have so if you do make a claim, you could be left out of pocket.

And now is also the perfect time to review the security measures we have in place in our homes too so that we can deter thieves.

At home, we’ve got timers on lights around the house so that they come on when we’re not in the house, and an alarm system is always connected.

We’ve fitted robust locks on the doors and windows too, and we always keep valuable items out of sight.

All these small steps add up when it comes to keeping our homes and families safe.

So I’m off to check the small print on my paperwork – and to try to convince my husband that it really is ok to put up our Christmas decorations before Halloween!

Sally

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