Hot Under the Collar

Did someone say heatwave? We are all holding on for the good weather to stick around for as long as possible but before you rush out to enjoy the sunshine while it lasts, don’t forget the little things that keep you safe whilst at home and away.

The most common way to cool your house in the summer months is to leave your windows open, but it is impossible to keep your eye on the window all day whilst carrying on your normal routine. An open window is commonly used by opportunistic criminals to either gain entry or take whatever is in reach. To deter entry, you can get window restrictors from various stores that will stop the window from opening wide enough for someone to get in. However, they still leave a gap that someone could reach their hand through or use crafted tools like clothes hangers to reach into the property. To reduce this type of theft, valuable items should always be kept well away from windows.

A larger number of people will leave their windows open all day even when they are out of the house, all in order to keep their home from heating up. This will not only leave your home vulnerable but it can also invalidate your home insurance if there was unfortunately a need for a claim. There are a few other methods you can use to cool down your home that have smaller risks. For example, if you have an attic, some homeowners will open the windows once their home and then open the attic hatch which supposedly draws the hot air into the attic and draws in the cool evening air from outside. Alternatively, you can take the easier option and purchase a fan from your local home store.

'out in the garden be sure to keep an eye on the back door, you can get distracted whilst having fun'

Most people will spend a lot more time outside once they enter the summer months whether in the garden, down the park or on the beach. If you’re out in the garden be sure to keep an eye on the back door, you can get distracted whilst having fun with the family and someone could enter your home without you knowing. Try using a bell or chime to be alerted when the door is opened such as Smart Home Security’s door contacts. Whilst you’re away from home at the beach or the park, make sure you do not leave your items unattended. Numerous thefts are reported from the beach when people go swimming and leave everything they brought with them alone. Make sure someone from your party is always sat with your belongings whilst you go for a swim in the sea or kick a football around the park.

Being out of the house, whether for a week’s holiday or just a day trip, is always exciting and something to look forward to so you are drawn to share your plans with people. It doesn’t hurt to tell people you trust like a neighbour who can keep an eye on your property, but sharing it with multiple people at once on a social media platform makes your home open to whoever cares enough to find out. Although you can adjust your privacy settings to control who sees your posts, you cannot be sure that all your friends accounts are also secure. They may have been hacked or they may share your pictures with a friend who has a public account, and then anyone can see when you aren’t home. For this reason, don’t share your travel plans and save all your pictures for when you are back home, making a point that it is from a past memory not a present moment.

As it heats up you may be taking to the streets, walking around more without the fear of being stuck in the rain and enjoying as much of the weather as you can. This means you leave the car sitting in the sun, soaking up all the rays without any ventilation and when you do decide to use your vehicle it is baking hot. To avoid this people often leave their car window slightly cracked open but a number of car thefts involve criminals using tools to open the car from the inside using this gap. Similar to leaving your house windows open, it leaves your vehicle vulnerable and can invalidate your insurance. You can seek to park your vehicle in a shaded area or you can use other items to keep it cool and avoid it being exposed to thieves. Car sunshades can be put against the windscreen from inside, and they use a silver reflective material to keep your car from getting warm and stop the steering wheel from being too hot to touch.

As the weather heats up, your worry shouldn’t. You cannot wrap up safe at home as you do in the winter, so get outside and enjoy yourself but follow this advice and get a few extra items to contribute to your security. Whether you’re at home or away, you could prevent an unfortunate incident that could spoil your enjoyment of a sun-shining day.

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