National Home Security Month (NHSM), taking place in October aims to raise awareness around the importance of home security. With the demands of daily life often taking over, home security is easily overlooked but to safeguard your home, family and belongings it’s increasingly important to seriously consider home security.
During the darker months, there’s a recorded 20% increase in home burglaries with a staggering 30% of all burglars gaining access through an open or unlocked window or door. Of course, this is easily remedied by introducing a basic home security routine of locking all windows and doors whenever you leave the house and especially at night but with domestic burglary on the rise by more than 30% – it’s vital to introduce additional security measures.
Throughout October, NHSM will cover crucial security topics each week including home security measures – predominantly focusing on window and door locks as well as how to safe-guard valuables inside your home. Official supporters of NHSM 2018, Quickslide are industry leaders in high quality windows and doors fitted with pioneering security features. Quickslide are encouraging their installer customers to make the most of the heightened awareness created by NHSM, emphasising to their customers the
upgraded security features available as standard on their wide selection of products.
Tom Swallow, Sales & Marketing Director at Quickslide commented:
“Usually the first thing a buyer considers is aesthetics, closely followed by security, then price. National Home Security Month will encourage homeowners to think even more about the security features on products they may be considering, and retail installers should take the opportunity to place even more emphasis on the security features of our doors and windows during this time.”
Quickslide have shared their top 3 home security tips, specifically aimed at their installer customers which are easy to implement and should be considered alongside NHSM’s weekly focuses throughout October:
1. Wherever possible, advise that hinges should be located on the interior of a home as this will make forced entry much more difficult.
2. Advise that all locks and tumblers are changed if the customer has moved into a new property and if their keys have been lost or stolen.
3. Avoid spring-latch locks, these are easy targets for ‘loiding’ experts who are skilled in pushing a plastic card against the lock’s latch to unlock doors.
Quickslide’s composite doors are fitted with 3-star diamond Ultion locking cylinders as standard – this prevents common burglar entry methods including snapping, bumping and drilling.
By implementing these simple, security measures in addition to NHSM’s key recommendations, you can vastly improve the security of your home and reduce the likelihood of a break-in – keeping both your home and family safe.