London in the Winter is a dreary and often dull city. Buildings funnel cold wind down corridors, rain is a constant oppression and the sun is rarely seen. It isn’t even cold enough to snow! On the other hand, when the Summer arrives in the Western hemisphere, London is transformed into an incredibly vibrant and exciting place.
The British are famed for hosting barbecues in temperatures that really dictate a hooded jumper and some nice warm socks. Believe it or not London does actually get fairly hot at the height of Summer and as a result you can imagine the reaction of the populace. Any house with a garden is highly sought after, beer and cider has a constant presence and the general mood is so good it is hard to envisage it ending. We cannot wait until the temperature rises and London is transformed!
Londons enthusiasm for the summer sun could even be described as inspirational, but it comes at a price. The unfortunate fact is that very few houses in London (and indeed the UK) are fitted with air conditioning. As a result when the mercury rises our houses tend to turn into glorified greenhouses. Sticky nights are made worse by the fact that stores’ stock of fans empty within seconds of June starting. This inevitably means that all windows are left wide open in the vain hope of having some sort of through draft! Some are closed when people leave, others are left wide open. As locksmiths we feel that it is our duty to warn the populace of London to be very careful when you leave the house during the Summer. Just because the sun is out does not mean that burglars and thieves take a day off, so why make it so easy for them? Believe it or not, a 1st floor window is not that hard to get into, especially if it is left wide open….
Once the Summer has fully arrived we will put together a more detailed list of things to avoid. For now, just be wary of leaving windows and back doors open on those warmer days, especially after a few summertime beverages. Stay safe London!
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