Here's how to burglar proof your home and ensure in the worst-case-scenario that you'll be covered by your insurers.
Home theft claims go up by 36 per cent in the five months of the winter clock setting, Co-Op Insurance found.
Winter darkness helps thieves hide as well as aiding them in spotting an empty house without lights on.
Leaving doors unlocked while popping to the shops, forgetting to set your burglar alarm and leaving a window open will all affect your insurance, Which reports.
While leaving a light while you're away may be a safe way of making your home appear full of life, it can run up electricity bills.
Not only that, you run the risk of blowing the bulb – which could see your home cloaked in darkness and end up attracting burglars.