Did you know that there is a 25% spike in home burglaries during the autumn and winter months?
October is National Home Security Month and campaigners say now is the perfect time to make sure that your rental properties are secure.
To coincide with the national campaign, the RLA is mobilizing members to make sure that their rental properties-and tenants-are safe.
Hannah Sones, National Home Security Month spokeswoman said: “We have been running this awareness campaign for the last five years. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of home security. During the month it will highlight different elements of security each week”.
Shocking figures show as many as one in ten domestic burglaries take place in November.
I’m a landlord, what can I do to make sure my property is secure?
The RLA have created an interactive tool which specifies the kind of work you can do to ensure your rental property is safe and secure. This includes:
- Installing a five lever mortice lock for external timber doors or a three multi-point locking system for PVC-u external doors.
- Ensuring window locks are attached to windows easily accessible from outside (although they but must not be attached to designated escape windows).
- Installing door chains.
- Making sure the main entrance door to a shared property has a lock that meets the above standard. (The freeholder or appointed manager is responsible for this).
- Putting in burglar alarms, defender alarms and security, night lights and spy-holes.
- Ensuring doors fit properly into their frame and are free from damage.
The National Home Security Month campaign has also created the following useful checklist, which you can also see below.
— Home Security Month (@SecurityMonth) October 13, 2017
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