Three Simply & Effective Tips For Keeping Your Home Safe & Secure This Summer
It’s a well known fact that thieves often choose the summer month’s to plan burglaries and target their victims homes, if only due to the fact that it’s during this period when many go away on holiday or simply spend more time out of the house. None of us want to become a victim of theft, especially in the form of our home being broken into and, as such, we wanted to bring you three simple but very effective tips for keeping your home safe and secure this summer and in order to do so, have teamed up with MPL Locksmith Training, one of the leading providers of locksmith training courses across the UK.
1.Secure Your Entrance Doors
It’s still the case that doors are still the most common route of entry and exit for the majority of burglars and, as such, it’s suggested that it’s here where you start when looking at ways to make sure your home is both safe and secure. It’s important that both your front and back doors (and side ones if you have them) are properly secured and that you make it as difficult as possible for anyone to gain entry to your property through these.
Above all else, you need to make sure your exterior doors are fitted with 5 level mortice deadlocks to make it as difficult as possible for forced entry to be used. In addition, ensure the frame is strong and secure and will support the door, hinges and the lock at all times as well as making sure it’s at least 45mm thick – any thinner and you run the risk of easier entrance by forced methods.
2. Don’t Leave Keys Near The Door
It’s become a common approach in recent years to hook keys and the like through letterboxes so always make sure there’s an internal cover plate in place. Similarly, with this, make sure you NEVER leave keys on a table or ledge close to the front door and if possible, hide them out of sight. It’s all too easy for a burglar to use various methods to hook your keys through the letterbox (or even open the door and take them from the side if you don’t keep it locked), only to come back at a later date when they know you’re not in and clear you out.
3.Invest In An Alarm System
Whilst many would swear that no one pays any attention to them, it’s strongly suggested that you invest in a home alarm system and studies have shown that you’re far less likely to become a victim of a burglary if you have such a system fitted. Always speak with a home security professional or the police for further advice on installing such a system, however it’s one vital part of a wider home security plan which could just be what prevents you from being a victim of theft. No burglar wants attention drawing to themselves and their actions and if you’ve a working alarm in place, you stand a strong chance of deterring any wannabe thieves.
At the end of the day, with the summer fast approaching, it’s important you take the necessary steps to protect your property and belongings and with just a few simple steps, you can go along way to reducing the risks considerably.