T&K is offering free door and window home security checks to mark the start of National Home Security Month.
Now in its fifth year, National Home Security Month (NHSM) sponsored by Yale, aims to raise awareness around the importance of home security, offering home security tips and advice to homeowners throughout October.
To help Northamptonshire homeowners make their properties safe and warm for dark autumn and winter evenings ahead, T&K is offering a free home security check.
T&K explained: “Figures released by NHSM show just how important door and window security is, with doors used as the means of entry in 70% of reported burglaries. At the same time a staggering 16% of homeowners admit to not locking their windows and doors when they leave home!
“This places doors and windows in the frontline of home security and making sure that the doors and windows fitted to your property are as secure as they possibly can be, is the first step to making sure your home and its contents remain safe and protected this winter.”
Separately, new government figures show a 33% jump in the number of aggravated burglaries committed in England and Wales in the last year, making home security more important than ever.
According to official statistics published by the Office for National Statistics, as well as the leap in the number of aggravated burglaries which involve a weapon, the number of domestic burglaries (e.g. break-ins without weapons) also rose by six per cent.
The first increase in domestic burglaries recorded since 2007, this saw the number of home break-ins up from 194,000 to 205,869 in the year to March.
“What’s even more worrying is that in many of these cases homeowners are being left out of pocket because insurance companies won’t pay up, because even though a door may have been locked there’s no sign of forced entry”, said T&K.
Doors are again identified as a week point in home security. Euro Cylinder locks were widely used by the UK double-glazing industry, however, an inherent weakness in their design means that they are highly vulnerable to attack - something which is being exploited by a growing number of criminals.
T&K continued: “The ‘bumping’ method uses a skeleton key readily available and bought cheaply over the Internet to gain access to the cylinder lock mechanism. This leaves no obvious signs of forced entry and which could mean that your home insurance company may not pay out for any losses.”
T&K offers anti-bump, anti-pick and anti-drill options as standard on all of the doors that we now supply. Along with multi-point locking, our ultra-tough and durable high security composite door ranges are designed to keep burglars firmly on the outside. This includes SS312 Sold Secure Diamond rating and TS007:2012 British Kitemark - 3 star rating options.
“With figures from NHSM showing a 25% spike in burglaries in autumn and winter months, it’s worth running a few checks to make sure your home is as secure as it can be. It may just be a question of making a few small and comparatively low cost changes, for example if you have them Euro Cylinder locks can be changed out relatively easily”, said T&K
“You may get your money back from insurers but the pales into insignificance, compare to the impact that not feeling safe and secure can have on how you feel about your home, which is why prevention is so much better than cure.”
For more information on National Home Security Month (NHSM) visit http://www.homesecuritymonth.com