Home Security Tips

Helpful Security Tips

A burglar will normally select a target that offers him the best opportunity to carry out his crime undetected and with the fewest obstacles in his path. The more steps you take to deter a burglar, the more protected you will be. Here are some simple steps that you can take to protect your home:

  • Remove ladders that can be used to help a burglar to get into your property.
  • A third of burglars use a back window so fit window locks to all downstairs windows, and to easily accessible upstairs windows.
  • Mark valuable possessions with an ultra-violet pen so they can be traced back to you if the police recover them.
  • Always leave a spare key with a neighbour rather than try to hide it under a flowerpot or a doormat, as these are the first places that thieves will look. For the same reason don't be tempted to hang a spare near your front door.
  • Install Security Lights so that if anyone comes near your property, they can’t hide or sneak in.
  • Use a secondary blocking device on all sliding glass doors by inserting a wooden dowel or stick into the track thus preventing or limiting movement.
  • Try and get to know all your adjacent neighbours and invite them into your home to establish trust and agree to watch out for each other's home.
  • Install a burglar alarm and have it maintained regularly to make sure it is fully working.

If you are replacing or fitting new doors and windows, get ones that are certified to British Standard BS7950 (windows) or PAS 24-1 (doors).

As a last resort, you should consider fitting security grills to vulnerable windows.

Going Away On Holiday

We all know that when you go away on holiday, you are thinking about your home being safe. That peace of mind factor is always difficult, especially if you have no protective measure. The last thing that anyone wants is to come home after a holiday to find out that someone has destroyed your dreams. It’s always best to play safe when going away - so here are some protective measures that you can take;

  • Don’t draw attention to the house being empty
  • Make sure all windows and doors are locked properly before leaving
  • Uses Timer switches for switching lights on and off automatically making it appear that some is at home
  • Inform your neighbours to make them aware that you are going away
  • If you have milk or newspaper delivery, inform them so that these are not left outside your property in the dark for a burglar to notice that you are away

    It’s simple - Make the house look like you're still living in it. The more preventative action you take, the more you will feel at ease. By having a monitored alarm installed at your property, if you are away on holiday and your alarm activates, keyholders and the emergency services can act on your behalf so that your holiday is not affected and more importantly your home is well protected.
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