Give your home a security makeover this bank holiday weekend

By Pippa Thompson

Traditionally, the spring May bank holiday is the time of year when Brits pick up a hammer or paint brush, and attempt to tackle those pesky DIY and renovation projects that they have been neglecting over the winter months.

This year is no different, with statistics revealing two thirds* of Brits will be doing just that.

But whether you’re thinking about wallpapering the hall, re-tiling the bathroom, or building a conservatory, it’s important to think about protecting your property too. Scheduling some DIY jobs gives you the perfect opportunity to introduce and update your home security at the same, so your home is secure in time for the summer.

Typically, research has shown that burglaries increase by up to 10% over the spring and summer months with thefts of outbuildings increasing by 40%**. This is because we tend to leave windows and doors open while we are in the garden or out on daytrips.

There is also a marked increase with larger numbers of us going on holiday leaving our houses empty, unsecured and unguarded. We also start bringing out valuables, such as bicycles and lawn furniture, which creates an increase in opportunities for tempted criminals.

Simple, low cost DIY security options can make a huge difference to your property and are easier to install than you might think. With this in mind, National Home Security May Day, supported by Yale, will take place May 30th (spring bank holiday Monday), offering tips and advice on DIY projects to make you home more secure.

To celebrate this initiative, key supporter Maplin, will be offering deals on home security products over the May bank holiday weekend. Additionally, if you head over to the National Home Security Month Facebook page, we are hosting a competition offering fans the chance to win a Yale Smart Home Alarm & View kit and £100 worth of Love2shop vouchers.

*Policy Expert

**Halifax Insurance

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