A guide to home security for winter

Posted November 2nd, 2021 by SimpliSafe

As the days get shorter and darker, it’s inevitable that the transition from autumn to winter will cause worry for homeowners. It’s also a well-known fact that thieves prefer to operate in these darker conditions, with the run up to Christmas increasing the risk of robbery. The ONS has revealed that domestic burglary is 1.14 times more likely to occur in the winter in comparison to the summer, so it’s vital that homeowners have a smart home security system in place that’ll keep their property, belongings and family safe all year round. In preparation for this, SimpliSafe has put together a detailed guide to home security for winter to put your mind at ease. 

Lock your windows and doors

Doing a quick scout around your house before leaving to check for any unlocked windows and doors is guaranteed to improve your home security - and it’s such a simple thing to do! Although it may not seem necessary, people should remain vigilant even when inside their home and continue to lock all possible entrances. According to the ONS, 64% of burglary incidents in England and Wales occur whilst residents are inside their property, so it’s important to constantly be aware of the potential risk of a sneak-in burglary

Security cameras

Wireless outdoor security cameras are a fantastic theft deterrent, and essential to incorporate into your home security, eradicating the opportunity for unseen criminal activity. Your driveway will, in most cases, be an unwanted trespasser’s first entrance to your home, so upon seeing that the area is being monitored, they are less likely to carry out the crime. You could also equip your home with indoor security cameras too, so that you can keep a constant eye on rooms that contain valuable items. Installed with high-tech motion detection software, these security camera systems allow you to watch live footage away from your home 24/7 with the SimpliSafe app, alerting you to the scene should any movement or human heat be detected. 

Alarm system

A professionally monitored alarm system is a great way to provide extra peace of mind. If triggered by a motion sensor that’s able to detect movement, this system will alert the professional monitoring centre who can request police dispatch if verified by a security camera. Often, winter will be a time where people go to spend time with their families, or for heading out Christmas shopping, so this security feature means that you can go about your day stress free. 

You could also optimise your winter home security by installing a wireless siren to scare off any intruders. The noise will immediately alert neighbours to the scene, preventing the possibility of damage to the property or any valuables being stolen. 

Well lit entrance

Keep the entrance to your home safe and secure with a well lit entrance or security light, alerting burglars to your presence. With the new SimpliSafe outdoor camera pointing towards your door or driveway on your premises, it also has a spotlight so it can help capture intruders in the dark.

For additional home security in winter, equip your property with an entry sensor to prevent any unwanted access - the front door can be a common way for a burglar to breakin. When an entrance is detected, the professional monitoring centre will be alerted immediately and they will request dispatch from the police if an emergency has been verified. 

Going on holiday?

If you’re going on holiday during the winter break, always leave your spare key with trusted neighbours or friends closeby, should it be necessary for them to enter your property. You should never leave your key somewhere where it could be easily found, such as under a doormat, in a plant pot or in your post box. 

Our team of experts are on hand to help you set up a home security system that works for you and your family, keeping you safe not only throughout winter, but all year round. Give us a call today!