The dark nights return

By Ellyn Peratikou

Although National Home Security Month has now come to end, home security still needs to be a priority as burglaries increase by 20% when the clocks go back. With this in mind the security experts at Yale have come up with some useful tips for keeping you and your home secure during the dark nights.

Doors and windows

Make sure your windows and doors are locked with an appropriate lock. External timber doors should be secured using a mortice lock and/or nightlatch that meets British Standard BS3621 and if you have a PVCu or composite door then it is a good idea to upgrade the euro profile cylinder in your multipoint lock to a British Standard Kitemark TS007 cylinder as well.

Many burglars will avoid smashing a window and will instead try to force the window frame itself, so it’s important to invest in good quality lock. There are locks available for all types of windows, including wooden, aluminium and PVCu, as well as locks that are suitable for French doors and patio doors.

Home and possessions

60% of burglaries attempted on homes with alarms are unsuccessful and with dark nights providing useful cover for burglars, you should make sure you always have a working home alarm. As well as providing a visual deterrent to potential burglars, alarms are vital for alerting your neighbours to any unwanted visitors.

Sheds and outbuildings

Securing your outbuildings with a weatherproof padlock helps to deter would-be thieves and protect against unwanted intruders. Yale recommends heavy-duty padlocks for shed doors, whilst anchor locks and cables should be used to secure individual items of high value inside an outbuilding.

With the pressures of day to day life you can’t always keep an eye on your property, but thanks to CCTV you can be sure you have a safe pair of eyes on your home at all times. Burglars tend to be very camera-shy and will often pass up a house with CCTV installed in favour of an easier target.

In the event of a break-in CCTV cameras enable you to capture burglars in the act and store the evidence, which you can then supply to relevant bodies if required, such as the police.


About the author

Dave Herbert, head of marketing for Yale. Yale is committed to developing security products that keep you safe and secure. With a range of industry-leading products, from traditional security solutions such as British Standard nightlatches and mortice locks, as well as modern security products such as digital door locks and ‘smart’ home alarms, Yale has something to protect you, your home and your possessions. It’s no wonder that Yale has been producing the world’s favourite locks since 1843. For more information on keeping your family, valuables and treasured possessions safe and to hear more about Yale’s ‘Heart and Home’ campaign, please visit, search for /YaleUK on Facebook or follow @YaleSecurity on Twitter.

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