With an average of 74 UK homes being burgled each hour, the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) is advising homebuyers to prioritise safety when moving into a new home.
While overall burglary rates are down year-on-year, this statistic still indicates a real need for homebuyers to assess the security measures in their new property, according to the NAEA.
“A new home is likely to be the biggest investment an individual can make. As one would carefully choose a high quality lock to secure an expensive bike, assessing the security of a home should be a key priority for any buyer.”
The NAEA has the following security advice for homeowners and buyers:
Avoid being an easy target: The warmer summer months can mean the temptation to leave windows open is high. Even if you are leaving a property for a short time, always make sure all windows are shut and locked to deter opportunist thieves.
Be alarmed: If your new home doesn’t have a burglar alarm, consider installing one, as it is likely to reduce the risk of your home being burgled.
If the home already has an alarm, familiarise yourself with how it works and make sure you are able to set a new passcode. If the system relies on sensors around the home, check the batteries on a regular basis.
Don’t get caught out online: Opportunist thieves are increasingly turning to Facebook and Twitter to target unsuspecting victims, so ensure status updates don’t give away valuable information about your property.
It’s only natural to want to show off your new home, but details like your address, details of any holidays you may be taking or photos that make the location of your home identifiable should be kept private.