Neighbourhood Watch – How to protect your home as darker nights creep in

How to protect your home as darker nights creep in

With summer drawing to a close and the darker nights creeping in, now is a good time to ensure your home is as secure as possible. However, you don’t need to spend a fortune to protect your home. From affordable visual deterrents and low-cost gadgets, to taking simple and proactive steps, leading home security provider, ERA, shares its recommendations below.

Simple upgrades to your front door security

With 67% of burglars entering homes via a door*, it is important to make sure your front door offers optimum protection. A simple and affordable way to improve the security of your front door is to update your existing locks with a high security cylinder.

ERA’s British Standard 3* Euro Profile Cylinder offers protection against picking, drilling, bumping, snapping, and extraction. It has also received Sold Secure Diamond status and has been accredited by Secured by Design’s Police Preferred Specification scheme, so you can be assured that your front door has maximum resistance to forced entry.


Consider a smart video doorbell

CCTV is one of the biggest deterrents for burglars, however, installing a full CCTV system can require significant investment. A video doorbell, such as the ERA Protect Smart Home Video Doorbell, provides a cost- effective alternative solution, allowing you to record footage from your front door, deterring potential intruders.

If you’re looking to enhance your security further, ERA offer a range of pre-made smart security kits to suit your budget and property size, ranging from a 5-piece bundle, priced at £129, through to an extensive 14-piece bundle, which includes three cameras.

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Install door and window sensors

Window and door sensors provide a simple and low- cost solution to protecting the main entry points of your home. Priced at £24.99, ERA’s Wireless Windows and Doors Alarm Sensor triggers an alarm as soon as it detects unauthorised entry, sending a notification to you via the smart phone app.

Make it look as though someone is home

If your property is unoccupied, another trick to deter burglars is to make it look as though somebody is home, and one of the easiest ways to do this is by lighting the inside of your home. By using timers or smart plugs, you can set a small lamp to come on as the evening sets in, helping to light up the home but prevent wasted energy by leaving the lights on all day.

Read about the partnership between Neighbourhood Watch and ERA here


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