Here at William Channon, we operate from two locations in and around London.

One – our Ballards Lane branch – can be found in North Finchley, whilst the other (at 45 Theobalds Road) is in Holborn. These are two VERY different areas.

There tend to be fewer burglaries in and around the first locale, for instance . . .

During the last month, within one mile, 37 such incidents have been reported to the police. In Central London, however, in the area surrounding Theobalds Road, there have been 111.

This doesn’t concern us too much. You see, with that knowledge shaping our approach to crime prevention, w’ve taken all the appropriate precautions and are confident that our premises are secure. Knowledge is power, or so the saying goes. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

This knowledge, incidentally, comes from the Yale Crime Watcher App, an ingenious tool that makes it easier than ever to check the latest crime statistics specific to a certain location.

Using nothing more than a postcode (N12 8LL in our case, or WC1X 8SP) users can access up-to-date police figures about burglaries in a one-mile area.

Being aware (and being prepared) is the theme for Week One of National Home Security Month (NHSM), which starts this morning (MONDAY). Yale Crime Watcher is central to this theme.

You can download it as a FREE mobile phone app (iPhone/Android) and ther’s also an online version which is brilliantly simple. Once the local crime risk has been evaluated, users can access guidance and advice from Yale in order to ensure that properties/premises are as secure as possible. Knowledge is power, don’t forget.

This is useful for homeowners and businesses on an ongoing basis, whilst anyone thinking about moving might like to check the latest crime figures before making a commitment to an area.

This is something that we use on a regular basis. You see, when it comes to security, there can be no such thing as too much information.

For anyone concerned about crime, w’re always on hand to offer help and advice.

Our product range – this including Yal’s most innovative inventions – is up-to-date and effective.

Our commitment to crime prevention is steadfast.

That being the case, anything that helps to beat burglars, be it NHSM or Yale Crime Watcher, must be applauded.

Be aware, be prepared and secure YOUR home.

The tools are out there. Be sure to use them.