National Home Security Month is back to fight thefts

By Pippa Thompson

After the huge success of previous years, National Home Security Month (NHSM) will be returning this October with even more top tips and advice for keeping your family, home and belongings safe over the upcoming winter months.

In the UK alone, it is estimated that a burglary happens every 40 seconds,* with thefts surging by 38%** following the clocks going back and the onset of the darker evenings.

What’s more, research has revealed that 25%*** of Brits admit to having no home security in place at all! With this in mind, October 3rd marks the start of NHSM 2016.

The campaign will highlight a different element of home security each week, with the first week celebrating the launch, introducing a range of activities including a social media takeover, competitions, offers and advice in partnership with NHSM’s supporters. The second week delves into total home security, exploring traditional mechanical solutions for protecting the entry points to your home and any valuables within it.

Week three catapults us into the growing smart home security industry, providing an insight into how connected devices can keep you and your home secure at the touch of a button. This gives homeowners added peace of mind because of the ability to access locks, CCTV cameras and alarms remotely from a smartphone or tablet.

The following week coincides with the clocks going back and encourages you to make sure the exterior of your home and any outbuildings are fully protected. Finally, week five provides seasonal advice to coincide with Halloween and Bonfire Night – statistically the worst period of the year for domestic thefts and damage.

Throughout October, NHSM will be supplying daily security tips on social media. To access these, simply search for National Home Security Month on Facebook and Twitter. There is also a home security blog that is updated weekly, delivering expert advice on a range of home security topics.

For more information about the National Home Security Month 2016, or to find out how you can get involved, please visit


*British Crime Survey

**Cooperative Insurance


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