How to use lighting to prevent break-ins
Winter has returned. Some love it; some hate it. Not everyone appreciates temperatures that hover around the freezing point or nights that last longer than the days. Many of us head to work in the dark with the feeling that we should still be in our beds. But, there is one specific group that benefits greatly from the longer-lasting darkness during the winter: burglars.
You can arm yourself against this unauthorised access using several handy tips. Oftentimes, the right lighting can be a sufficient deterrent.
Burglars don’t want to be seen. A dark, secluded dwelling is a perfect target for them. Exterior lighting that illuminates the driveway and garden paths may be sufficient to deter potential burglars.
You might also supplement your exterior lighting with a motion detector. If anyone enters the sensor field of view, the light is automatically switched on. This increases the chance that the burglar will just walk away.
Leave your lights on
Are you going to leave your home for a few hours in the evening, for example, to go to a party or the cinema? Leave on strategic lighting (for example, a table lamp in the entrance hall or the living room). It will deter thieves because the light gives the impression that someone is home. And, these lights are quite useful when you arrive home.
Leaving lights on to prevent break-ins is of more interest now because LED lights are so energy-efficient. The additional hours will hardly affect your electricity bill at all. You can also save energy by dimming lights.
Simulate your presence
Burglars are particularly active during holiday periods. Many homes are empty because their occupants are away on holiday.
Simulating the presence of people in your home is an excellent means of preventing break-ins. This entails lighting in your house being switched on and off at certain times. It appears as if someone is home.
Simulating the presence of people in the home is the default behaviour of most home automation systems. This is also possible with the new Philips Hue (more info about the Philips Hue).
More tips to prevent home break-ins
To conclude this article, here are some more tips to help prevent home break-ins:
- Reinforce your doors with a security cylinder.
- Fit lockable window handles on your windows.
- Install security glass.
- Install an alarm system (possibly in combination with video surveillance).
- Going out for a short while? Make sure all the doors and windows are closed and locked.
- Make sure the house is easily visible from the road (avoid high hedges).
- Don’t leave valuable items in plain sight, such as jewellery, tablets, etc.
- Ask the neighbours to keep an eye on your home when you are going to be away for a long period of time.
- You can always ask for advice from a burglary prevention adviser.
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