People are adding to their home security measures this winter, and particularly during the festive season, according to new research.
A survey of 1,000 UK adults carried out by lighting supplier LED Hut, as part of the Brighter Britain Report, found that one in four people across the country feel nervous about the security of their property if they are out for the evening or away from home.
Indeed, as many as one in five confessed to feeling nervous or insecure in their own property, when home alone.
Perhaps not surprising when the research also found that one person in 10 has a friend or family member who has been burgled.
At a time when burglaries are rife and people are naturally concerned about the security in their home, the survey asked about the measures they are taking to secure their homes and found that lighting is playing a central role.
A massive 97 per cent of people say they use some form of lighting as a security measure in their property.
Indeed, lighting ranked higher than any other type of security measure in the study which asked UK homeowners how they aim to keep their homes safe, with outdoor security lights, for 40 per cent of people, topping the actions to increase security that people are taking.
Leaving the lights on and leaving the lights on a timer are both tactics that lead intruders to believe the house is occupied, so are popular choices.
Paul Garner, marketing director at LED Hut, said: “Given the expense people go to at this time of year, it’s only natural that people are concerned about break-ins and burglaries in their homes.
“There are often hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds worth of presents in the home, not to mention the decorations and the additional food and drink stocking up the kitchen which people have worked hard to buy.
“Keeping your home secure doesn’t need to cost the earth. Security lights are a relatively small investment that could scare off an intruder from breaking into the home. Simple tactics such as leaving lights on when you go out, are also likely to help.
“Those who have serious security concerns should look to invest in an alarm system and or CCTV in a bid to keep their homes extra secure.”
For more information about lighting options, visit www.ledhut.co.uk.