We are currently going through a period of unprecedented upheaval and strain, which for the majority is having a profound affect on finances. Private households and business big and small alike are facing financial hardship and ruin.
With people from all walks of life either being on shorter hours or possibly no work at all it is a financial burden that no one has had time to prepare for and with the possibility that many will either not qualify for assistance or that assistance will take too long to arrive, desperate people often turn to desperate measures.
When ever there are periods of hardship and peoples finances are strained, it is generally noted that the crime rate increases. Unfortunately in this world, there are people that become so desperate that they feel there are no other alternatives but to break into properties and steal from others.
It is therefore of concern to all security agencies and should therefore be of a major concern to homeowners to ensure you protect your belongings at all times.
It sounds a strange thing to say given the current situation, but the 1st step is to ensure that when the property is empty, all doors and windows that can be reached relatively easily are secured. If you have a letterbox, ensure that there are no keys in view or that could be reached with the use of a pole with a hook in the end.
Ensure that the locks fitted are in good working condition and that the keys are also in good condition. The locks should also be to the current insurance standards, if they are not and you are unfortunately burgled, then it is likely that the insurance company could cause you more problems with paying out on any claim.
Ensure that ladders, if in the garden, are secured to a solid wall if possible and that any tools such as hammers and chisels are secured away and out of site. Again, if these were to be used to burgle, then again this gives the insurers an opportunity to reduce a pay-out.
Lastly, if carrying around your keys on a bunch. Don’t have anything on them that could identify the property if they should be lost. Put a tag with your phone number but not your surname or your address.
For any other information or advice, you can:
Call: Owl Locksmiths and Security on: 01736 309 303
Go to our website: www.owllocksmithsandsecurity.co.uk
To all our past, present and future customers and suppliers and your families, we trust that you all remain safe and healthy during these testing times.