As the autumn nights draw in the tell-tale signs of the empty house become more apparent.
FACT: Most burglars will prefer to target the empty house unseen and avoid any confrontation.
As the days get shorter if you work away from home, or even pop out to get the children from school by the time you return home it may already be dark.
A house in darkness says no one is in especially if your neighbour’s houses either side have lights on and show other signs of being occupied.
If you back onto open farmland or have parking areas or footpaths to side or rear this may be even more apparent.
Create the ‘Illusion of occupancy’, when its dark make your home look like you are in. Leave lights on or put them on timers or daylight sensors to come when it gets dark.
Remember though no one lives in the hall or on the landing so if you leave these lights on supplement these with lights on in rooms that you would normally occupy at that time of day i.e. lounge and kitchen.
A carefully placed imitation TV or “Fake TV” can further add to that illusion of occupancy by making it look like the television is on. Some burglars may also listen at windows or letterboxes for sign of activity, so consider leaving a radio on within your home.
Don’t forget the outside of your property too, if burglars see that it is lit they are less likely to approach for fear of being seen.
Leave lights on, with energy efficient bulbs it costs very little now days and yet may save you lots!
Lots of useful information about securing your home can be found at Essex Police online.