As the dark nights continue to draw in and the weather takes a turn for the worse, many of us start to feel more vulnerable – particularly in our homes.
Indeed, new research by Santander Insurance has revealed that 21 per cent of Britons feel more at risk of burglary during the winter than at other times of the year.
So what can we do to ensure our property feels more secure and less likely to be visited by unwanted intruders?
Steve Burton, head of marketing at Santander Insurance, said: “In winter many people have more concerns and fears due to darker nights and the effects of harsher weather conditions. People are concerned about a wide variety of risks from burglary to the effects of adverse weather or their ability to pay the bills.
“We would urge people to ensure their homes and cars are adequately protected by security measures.”
Between the years of 2010 and 2011, there was a 14 per cent rise in the number of burglaries in the UK to 745,000, so all of our fears may not be totally unfounded.
Eco-friendly home improvements could also pay off for those of you concerned about paying gas and electricity bills during the coldest and darkest period of the year.
Adding solar panels to create sustainable energy or insulation to reduce wastage is a common tactic designed to drive down invoices from power providers.
Andrew Leech, director at the National Home Improvement Centre, is one of the most recent figureheads to back solar panels as a great addition to UK properties.
He said they are a “big advantage” to those who use them and are a surefire way to reduce energy bills.
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