If you imagine that working from home means your property is safe from burglary – think again. A study from insurance company Aviva has revealed more than two-thirds (64%) of break-ins happen when the house is occupied.
This number has increased steadily over the past decade. And, as the nights draw in, it’s worth remembering that 15% more burglaries occur during October and November, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The Aviva study found that quarter of people don’t lock their doors when they are at home, despite the ONS data revealing that 76% of domestic burglaries involve entry through the front door. All worth remembering if your home office is tucked away in a loft or garden room.
According to Sarah Applegate, from Aviva: ‘We tend to imagine that burglaries happen when everyone is out, but the unfortunate reality is they can take place at any time, whether we’re home or not. Most burglaries are opportunistic, so if a door or window is left unlocked, someone can be in and out of a house in just a few seconds.”
With dark evenings rapidly approaching, read these five tips for keeping your home safe, whether you’re inside or out.
1. Don’t leave valuables on display
Close curtains or blinds, even during the day if expensive items can be seen from the street.
2. Leave a light on
A low energy light downstairs when you’re working or in bed can deter burglars – set a timer if you don’t want it on all night.
3. Tidy away your tech
Does working from home mean your gadgets are spread all over the house? Keep them safe and out of sight.
4. Consider a video doorbell
Or at least a chain and spy hole. There have been numerous cases of burglars pushing their way in to properties through an opened front door.
5. Get help from your hound
Watchful dogs are great for raising the alarm but if you don’t want the hassle, a ‘beware of the dog’ sign can work as a deterrent.