PhoneWatch have issued a warning to homeowners ahead of the festive season to be mindful as burglaries are on the rise.
There is a lot more robberies being reported around the country as Christmas is approaching and the alarm and security company are appealing for people to do everything that they can to prevent burglaries from happening to them.
Figures show that in November, robbery rates are a staggering 46% higher than the rest of the year and PhoneWatch has given advice to homeowners to protect their property.
They have issued the following advice:
- Lock doors and windows: whether you are in the house or not. Over a quarter of all burglars gain access through the front door.
- Alarm your home: not just when you're leaving, but at night and especially before going to bed. You are three times more likely to be the victim of a burglary if you don't have a monitored burglar alarm.
- Light up: the most common time for a burglary is between 5pm and 11pm. During this time you should make sure your home is well lit. Use timed switches if you are not going to be at home.
- Don't advertise: keep valuable possessions away from the windows and keep curtains and blinds closed to make sure a burglar isn't drawn to your home.