What’s your most treasured possession? There are many different things people consider to be most valuable to them, whether it’s a top of the range TV or simply a photograph of a loved one.
According to a recent survey*, 74% of homeowners say their most expensive possession is not the most valuable to them. 41% of homeowners identified photographs as their most treasured possession, followed by items that have been inherited at 13%, letters at 12% and jewellery at 10%.
Statistics show that jewellery is the most common item to be stolen by burglars. It is easy to transport, easy to turn into hard cash and can often be sold for a high value, without any way of tracing the original owner, meaning less than 5% of stolen jewellery is ever recovered.
The security experts at Yale appreciate that – unlike a TV set - items of sentimental value are irreplaceable so with this in mind, Yale’s new ‘Heart & Home’ campaign is designed to help you protect everything that is dear to you in 2014.
So, whether you’re heading to work or enjoying a day out with the kids, it’s important to know you will return to find your home just as you left it. It’s important to make sure your front door is well secured, if you have a timber door, use a mortice lock and/or nightlatch that meet British Standard BS3621 (thief resistant lock assembly). If you have a PVCu or composite door it’s also a good idea to upgrade the euro profile cylinder in your multipoint lock to a British Standard Kitemark TS007 cylinder.
Home safes are also an excellent way to secure precious jewellery, photographs and other irreplaceable items. Just make sure your safe is bolted securely to the floor or wall to avoid a burglar leaving with it in tow.
Police research also reveals you are far less likely to become the victim of a burglary if you have a correctly fitted and well-maintained home alarm as they act as a great visual deterrent, as well as alerting neighbours in the event of a break-in.
For more information on Yale’s Heart and Home campaign or any other information about products featured in this post please visit www.yale.co.uk
* Source Confused.com