What's more such changes can also benefit householders by bringing down insurance costs, in some cases a premium decrease of up to 5%. Adding additional deterrents such as police approved alarms and exterior lighting systems, can even bring your insurance premium decrease down to 7.5%.
(PRWEB) December 20, 2008
Norwich based replacement windows giant Anglian Home Improvements has, this week, been reminding Norfolk residents to remain vigilant in the run-up to Christmas. Homeowners have been encouraged to step up their home security in an effort to ensure they don't become a victim of predicted 'recession led' increased crime rates.
Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, including criminals, with the festive season being the ideal time for thieves to seize the opportunities afforded to them by the extra shopping we do and the value of the goods we buy as presents and store in our homes until the big day.
Couple the risk of Christmas crime with Home Office predictions that the foreseen economic slowdown, if on a similar scale to the recession in the early 1990s, could see crime rise by 7% in 2008 and a further 2% in 2009, and homeowners have even more of a reason to review their home security strategies.
Recent data already reveals that areas of Norfolk are already showing signs of a crime rate u-turn, with official police figures showing burglaries of domestic dwellings in the City centre (from September 2008 to November 2008) are up 175% on the same period in 2007 .
Commenting on this foreseeable increase in crime, Melanie Russell, Head of Marketing at Anglian Home Improvements said: "As the recession really starts to take hold and crime rates are set to soar, never has it been more important for homeowners to review, and if necessary take preventative actions, to enhance their home security measures and ensure they feel as protected as possible.
"It can take a burglar just seconds to enter a property but sadly people don't realise what a deterrent even a window lock can be to an opportunist thief, which is what most burglars are. Taking simple steps, such as using good quality key-operated window locks, doors with a multi-point locking systems, and hinges that add strength rather than creating a weak point, all act as a deterrent and can slow down the thief who wants to be in and out in minutes.
"What's more such changes can also benefit householders by bringing down insurance costs, in some cases a premium decrease of up to 5%. Adding additional deterrents such as police approved alarms and exterior lighting systems, can even bring your insurance premium decrease down to 7.5%."
To further drive home this important security message Respect Action Week, a weeklong drive to tackle neighbourhood issues in the city centre, began on Monday 8th December. Shoppers, businesses and local residents are set to benefit from the campaigned aimed to make the city a safer environment to work, live and visit. Activities for the week include increased city patrols, community cohesion evenings and the offering of crime prevention advice. For more information visit the Safer Neighbourhood web site http://www.safernorfolk.co.uk.