Protect Your Home Over Winter

The front of a house from night with internal and external lights on
Author: Samuel Beckingham
Updated: Dec 20, 2023
3 minutes read

When it comes to thieves, the dark of night works to their advantage. In winter, where darkness is around for longer, you can counter this benefit by protecting your home in various ways. While you can install fancy new home security systems, there are also other ways in which you can stop them in their tracks.

Top Tips for Securing Your Home

  • Upgrade your windows

  • Get new front and back doors

  • Better conservatory glass

  • Security systems

  • Motion sensor lights

  • New fencing

  • Hiding keys and valuables

  • Ditching social media

Upgrade Your Windows

Modern windows are constructed in such a way as to be more secure. With multiple panes of glass, you can be sure that your windows will be much harder to break. Upgrading from single glazing to double or triple glazed windows will offer much tighter security. Similarly, if your double glazing is relatively old, you may benefit from replacing them.

New Front and Back Doors

Older entryways into your home may be constructed from materials that have seen better days. More durable doors can be constructed in multiple styles to suit any home, whilst limiting how easy they are to force. GRP and aluminium are both suitable options that offer strength and durability.

Better Conservatory Glass

Dated conservatories can be a weak point and allow easy access to a home. The better the glazing of your windows in your conservatory, the less likely it will be for someone to be able to break them. With less glazing and more brick, such as with a dwarf wall, you can further protect your home.

Security Systems

Whether it’s a camera, an alarm or a mixture of both, you can create a safe and protected environment for the whole family. Home security systems can greatly enhance how you interact with your home, giving you remote controlled access to indoor and outdoor cameras, entryway sensors and motion detectors.

Motion Sensor Lights

Speaking of motion detectors, it’s useful to have external lights leading to your property that illuminate the area when they detect movement. By eliminating dark areas, potential thieves will no longer have the power of stealth on their side. They can work in any space, from the driveway to the back garden or path to the conservatory.

New Fencing

Several storms throughout the year can weaken and destroy fences, along with a whole host of other structures. It’s always best to fix or replace fencing when it’s become damaged so you don’t leave large access points for intruders.

Hiding Keys and Valuables

Windows and doors should always be locked when not in use, but their keys should be out of sight as well. This goes the same for car keys, especially cars with keyless entry systems, which should be kept away from the front door.

Smaller, easily transportable valuables should be kept out of sight. If they can be seen from ground floor windows, tablets, wallets, credit cards and expensive technology should be tidied away. Should anyone come to a window and look in, there won’t be an obvious target.

Ditching Social Media

You don’t have to give up social media just to have a secure home. You just have to be mindful about what you’re posting and when. While it’s tempting to post about trips and boast about a foreign trip you’re having, it sends signals that your home is currently empty. In a similar vein, posting about expensive presents you’ve received can also attract jealous or opportunistic burglars.