Statistics have proven that homes with good security are less likely to be burgled than those with poor security. Increase your home security as a method of protection and prevention, keeping you, your family and your property safe.
How can I increase the security of my doors?
Doors are the entry-point for a prospective intruder, so it’s important to make sure you don’t make entry easy. Even a good door will be useless with a poor lock, so invest in a good quality lock. If you’re unsure which brand to choose make sure the British Standard Kitemark is on the lock as it shows a mark of quality. Double locking doors and using a mortice dead bolt lock will also deter a casual thief. For professional regulated locksmiths visit: HYPERLINK “http://www.locksmiths.co.uk” www.locksmiths.co.uk. Don’t hide keys to your front and back doors in the garden as thieves are likely to find them and make sure that any keys within the house are well hidden.
How can I increase the security of my windows?
Windows are also an entry-point for burglars. Casement windows are generally the safest and most secure type of window, but the latch needs to work properly. An old or broken latch could be a weak spot that a thief will capitalise on. Using key-operated locks on your windows will also reduce the chances of a break-in. When thinking about your window-security don’t neglect windows on the upper floor; thieves can just as easily use a ladder or neighbouring buildings and balconies to get in. Applying anti-climb paint to your drainpipes will help but if you do treat your drainpipes with anti-climb paint you will need to display a warning sign.
Should I buy an alarm for my house?
Buying an alarm is a great way of protecting your home and increasing your peace of mind; just the sight of a fitted alarm system will deter most thieves and buying an alarm system could also reduce your insurance premium. There is a range of options available on the market depending on your needs and price range so an alarm system needn’t be expensive. Speak to a home security expert for the most suitable technology on the market to meet your needs. Make sure that the alarm you buy and fit is clearly visible as this will act as a deterrent. Security lights and laying gravel on your drive or path are also good ways of putting off thieves as the noise and light make it harder for them to sneak around looking for points of entry unnoticed.
How can I reduce the risk of being broken into?
As well as the above measures it is important to get into good practices in order to avoid being broken into. Make sure that your home looks secure from the outside: are side gates closed and locked, are sheds and outhouses locked? Thieves could use the tools and ladders stored within to help break into your home so pack things away and lock them up. You also need to get into good habits when it comes to closing windows and doors and locking up. If you have an alarm system fitted then you should use it every time you leave the house and never leave a spare key under the mat of your house or in your garden. Being diligent is an essential part of reducing the risk of being burgled.