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Next week will bring the shortest day of the year, on December 21st, and with the shortest day comes the longest night. Unfortunately, the long dark nights also mean that this time of year traditionally sees an increase in the number of burglaries.

The problem can be even worse around Christmas, when heartless burglars know people are likely to have gifts in their home. No-one should be unduly worried as burglaries are still uncommon, but there are a number of steps you can take to make your home more secure and a less attractive prospect to would-be intruders.

Now the older people’s charity, Independent Age, has compiled one of its invaluable free advice guides to help older people and their families make their homes safer and know what precautions to take. Called “Home Security: Protecting Your Property”, the free guide provides practical information on checking existing home security and insurance, identifying vulnerabilities, making improvements, and what to do if you’ve been burgled.

It outlines how taking a few simple security measures can reduce your risk of falling victim to crime and give you added peace of mind. Sections of the guide will help you check for potential security risks and eliminate them; know where to get more help on crime prevention; show you various ways to protect your property; and be aware of extra steps to take if you are going away.

Police statistics show that homes with simple security measures in place are five times less likely to be burgled, so Independent Age is advising older people to check their homes and make sure they’re as safe as they can be.

The charity’s chief executive, Janet Morrison, said: “Although burglary isn’t very common, it can be devastating if it happens to you, so it’s a good idea to take precautions. Home security doesn’t have to be expensive and there are lots of simple but effective measures to put in place, such as making sure windows and gates are shut and locked, putting tools and ladders away and keeping valuables out of sight.

“Our new guide, Home Security, will take you through all the things you need to think about to protect your home, as well as what to do if you are the victim of a crime.”

You can download a copy of the new guide direct from the Independent Age website by clicking here or you can call the charity’s free helpline on 0800 319 6789 and ask for a copy to be posted out to you. In fact, Independent Age has produced a wide range of free advice guides on many aspects of later life. You can find out more and order free copies of any that might help you or a loved one by clicking here.

As well as the free Home Security guide, Independent age has developed an interactive online house on its website, highlighting simple but effective ways to keep all areas of your home safe. It has tips for the inside, outside, back and sides of the house, and you can use the online tool by clicking here.

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