The cold is setting in and with it comes additional security issues to be considered. The arrival of winter means that it gets darker earlier in the evenings and lighter later in the mornings. This may end up providing useful cover for any would-be criminals.
It is very important that house numbers painted on the roadside curb are visible. If you haven’t checked yours in a while please do so. The paint fades over time, and as it gets darker earlier it gets harder to see these numbers in the event of an emergency.
It is perfectly understandable that people want to keep their pets indoors where it is warmer, but please refrain from not activating your alarm system as a result. It is important to ask your security company to ‘animal proof’ your alarm sensors, or that you partition the house in such a way that your alarm system can still offer an early warning system in case someone enters your property.
Winter brings an increased demand on the national power grid which in turn makes the possibility of blackouts a reality. Please ensure that back-up power supplies are in place to keep lighting, non-functional gate motors and security systems in a working condition at all times. Leave outside lights on if you know you’re going to get home after dark and partition alarms so that external beams can be set early in the evening, just after you get home.
We recommend getting a professional in to check the tensioning of electric fencing as it shrinks in colder weather and this can cause false alarms. Also consider linking smoke detectors to your alarm system. Fires during winter can be caused by heaters, electrical appliances and the cosy fireplace left burning when you go to bed.