Staying safe during the dark winter months
While winter conjures up images of beautiful snowy scenes, Christmas lights and festive sparkle, it also means a lot more darkness and colder weather.
Wednesday 21st December was the Winter Solstice – the darkest day of the year – so it’s important that you take appropriate measures to ensure you, your home and your family are safe and secure for the darker night ahead.
At Diony Security, we are experts in keeping people safe – and during the winter months, this is no exception. Although we have seen huge crime reductions over the recent years, there is still a prevalence of burglary, robbery and vehicle crime, to name but a few, over the winter.
Below, we have put together a list of considerations to keep you, your family and your belongings safe this season.
1.Shed light on the situation
The winter darkness provides perfect conditions for the opportunist thief. Keep some lights on in and around the home, or put them on a timer switch to give the appearance that you are home. With good lighting, you and your neighbours will also be able to keep a better eye out for suspect characters.
2.Lock it up
One in five burglaries occurs due to unsecured windows and doors. Keep all entrances and windows locked to avoid a potential break in. Likewise, if you are going out, do not unlock the front door until you are ready to leave and double check that entrance doors are locked on departure.
3.Don’t leave it on show
Place car and house keys somewhere safe when not in use. During the cold, icy months, it’s common for people to leave their vehicles running to warm them up. Avoid this if possible as it makes it incredibly easy for thieves to drive off swiftly. Also, ensure that you do not leave your keys in the car when children are in it.
4. Invest in a security alarm
If you don’t already have one for your home, now is the time to install a home alarm system. With the dark nights becoming more prevalent, home alarms make a great deterrent against opportunist thieves – not only in the visual sense, but they also alert neighbours about unwanted activity on your property.
5. Answering the door
You are more likely to be visited by family and friends during the festive period – as well as the occasional carol singer! Ensure your front door is fitted with a chain and eye hole to ensure maximum security. Avoid answering the door to anyone you don’t recognise or that you are not expecting.
6.Protect your property
Property marking your valuables and sentimental items is a great way to keep track of them – it also makes it harder for thieves to sell them on. When out and about, keep expensive items such as your phone and money close to you and out of site. You can also register your expensive items for free on the National Property Database.
7.Think ahead when going out
Plan any journeys in advance. If you are going far, be sure to have the route programmed into your satnav or know exactly where you are going on a map. Avoid travelling during extreme weather conditions – fog, ice, snow. In addition, book a licensed taxi before and after a night out.
8.Get savvy when travelling
Consider your personal security when travelling at night – whether you are going by car, bike or foot. Avoid dark shortcuts and unlit areas, and stick to public places. Always let someone know about your planned route, carry your mobile phone in case of emergencies, and avoid going by yourself.
9.Carry an alarm
If you do find yourself in a situation where you have to walk home alone at night, carry a personal alarm on you for additional safety. This is an affordable solution that is small and discreet to carry, but one that has an ultra-loud siren that is activated by pulling a small chord.
Wear brightly coloured clothing, lights and reflective gear when travelling in the dark. It is important to ensure that you are highly visible at all times during the winter months. Also, consider wearing a head torch to provide vision and make you more visible.
The security specialists
At Diony Security, we know all too well the importance of safety – that is why we offer an extensive range of security services. To discuss your personal safety, or to find out more about the services we offer, please get in touch with us today.