Home Security Tips
FACT It doesn’t matter if you live in a sleep village, town or a city centre in a flat, cottage or six bedroom farmhouse, all locations and property types are at risk of intruders. With this in mind we have come up with a list of ways you can protect your home.
Protecting your home and your family from criminals should be high on your list of priorities this article highlights measures you can put in place to secure your home.
Let us help you turn your home into something nobody wants to mess with! Take the time to secure your property, protecting your contents and the people who live there.
Sounds obvious doesn’t it, but many homeowners don’t always lock windows or the back door if they are ‘just popping out’ and that’s all an opportunist needs. Make sure these entrances are secure.
If your windows don’t have locks consider having locks fitted, the windows in your home are the most vulnerable when it comes to making an entry.
4 standard types of door locks for external doors
• Rim automatic dead latch with key-locking handle
Offer extra security at night, allowing homeowners to lock their doors more securely from the inside.
• Five-lever mortice deadlock
This is the standard deadlock, which offers moderate protection to the main exterior doors in your home.
• Key-operated multi-point locking system
A rim-locking system that bolts the door into the frame and offers a higher level of security
• Five-lever mortice deadlock conforming to BS 3621
If your deadlock conforms to the correct British Standard, your insurance company may offer you a discount for the higher level of security you have installed.
Lighting can be used inside and outside the property to make it more secure. Using automated interior lights is a great idea when you are going to be home late or if you are going away. Once set up you can relax knowing that the timers will being doing their job coming on and going off at set times in your chosen rooms giving the outsider the impression that there is someone home.
Using ‘DIY’ CCTV systems provides a visible deterrent to intruders, you may not be able to be on guard 24-hours a day, but the cameras can take over once you go out.
Choosing which CCTV system is right for you will depend on what you want to monitor (your home, office, out buildings), what you need to film (high resolution, black and white, colour), and how you want to connect your system (through a TV, a monitor, or record through a digital video recorder (DVR)).
Whichever system you choose it will give anxious homeowners some peace of mind when leaving their property empty.
Alarm systems are a beneficial investment in the protection of your property. Studies reveal that it is far less probable that you will become the victim of a break in at home if you have a correctly fitted and well maintained burglar alarm. However, they should be regarded only as one part of a complete security package.
Don’t leave your keys on display most thieves are opportunistic and if they can see your car keys on display they know they can be in and out of your property and driving away in your vehicle in a matter of minutes. If they have to search for the keys they are more likely to be caught and may decide it’s worth the risk. Also keep mobile phones, MP3 players, laptops, credit cards and personal stereos out of sight.
Don’t forget your garage and shed, these store valuable items like bikes, lawnmowers, garden furniture make sure they have the same protection as your house. If you have a door connecting the garage to the house make sure this has the same level of security as your front door, fitting locks that meet BS 3621, or fitting a door that meets PAS 24: 2012.
Check the window and door frames are in good order and have no weak spots
An additional security option is to buy a garage door defender it bolts into the ground outside the front of the garage and stops the door being opened until you unlock it and then it drops down flat releasing the door.
The last thing you want is to tell the world you are going on holiday! The first thing a burglar looks for when choosing a house for a break-in is one with no one in it. If you make your house look occupied when you’re gone, most burglars will simply pass it by.
Keep ladders and other tools which could be used to break into your home safely stored in your locked garage or shed. Don’t make it easy for a criminal to enter your property.
Marking your property will make your items less attractive to thieves as it is harder for them to cash in as the property is traceable.
Firstly check the condition of your front door and frames, if your door has seen better days then you should consider replacing it with a composite door with a multi point locking system, centre dead bolt and a PVCu reinforced frame.. A composite door is one of the most secure doors on the market today. Then for additional security use a door chain and spy holes when choosing your door furniture.
Consider joining an organisation like the Neighbourhood Watch. Today Neighbourhood Watch is one of the UK’s largest voluntary movements, covering approximately 3.8 million households. Communities work with the police to ensure their neighbourhoods are a safer place to live. Find your local group here
‘Not sure? Then don’t open the door!’ If you’re alone or unsure, ask them to come back later when someone else is home. Most callers are genuine, but watch out for alleged utility workers, council workers, or repair workers who haven’t made an appointment with you.