January 7, 2022 | HFerris | Blog

Security Advice During Darker Winter Nights

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red brick house with red door surrounded by snow in the winter

In the winter, it gets darker earlier and earlier. Now this does happen every year, but the extended dark hours do bring some extra security concerns. Burglaries increase, driving becomes more dangerous and you might be at more risk walking in the dark.

 

6 Winter Home Security Tips

  1. As it gets darker earlier, there may be longer periods where your home is in darkness. You might want to leave lamp on during the day. Or you can invest in timers, to make your lights come on around 4pm (or whenever it gets dark). This will make your home seem like its occupied, even if you are out at work, or have gone away.

  2. If you are leaving and returning from work in the dark once the winter nights draw in, then you may want to install some ‘dusk till dawn’ lighting. Which will light up the entrance to your home, making it safer for you to return to or leave your home.

  3. This tip is for all year round really, but is extra important when its darker for longer, which is make sure all your doors and windows are locked. Even when you are in your home, bet ESPECIALLY if you are out.

  4. This might not prevent a break in, but keeping your home at a warm temperature (at around 18 degrees) it can help keep you well and prevent your house from getting damp.

  5. Consider installing an alarm system, with the increase in burglaries in the winter, it’s a good time to beef up your security.

  6. As its getting darker earlier you may want to install or update your outdoor lighting. Motion detecting lights, will blanket your garden in light if there is an intruder creeping around. Hopefully this should be enough to scare them away.

 

6 Driving Safety in Winter

  1. It’s good to do this all year round, but in winter when you can be stranded in the cold, you need to make sure your car is safe to run. Check the fuel, oil and water levels regularly and check your tires have the right amount of tread to run safely.

  2. As the roads get icy, it’s good to check that your brakes, including your handbrake, are working properly. Same goes with your fog lights.

  3. When it turns really cold you don’t want to be caught out without your heaters working. So, its best to test them regularly.

  4. We suggest that you have an ‘emergency kit’ in your vehicle. This should include ice-scraper, de-icer, warm clothes and blankets, torch, boots, first aid kit, jump leads, a spade and anything else you think you may need in the event of a break down or another emergency.

  5. If the weather is particularly bad, especially with snow, you may need to reconsider your journey all together. Only travel in adverse conditions when absolutely necessary.

  6. If your car is icy in the morning, you might be tempted to leave it running, while you nip in to get warm water, or finish getting ready while the car defrosts. However, leaving the keys in the ignition is an open invitation for a thief to drive away with your vehicle while you are inside.