Good home security doesn’t have to cost the earth. There are a number of simple, easy and low cost ways to secure your home and reduce the chances of you being targeted by burglars. Some cost nothing more than a little time and effort. Here are our top ten tips for securing your home:
- Repair Your Faulty Alarm - If you have a faulty alarm that frequently goes off, get it fixed immediately and tell your neighbours that it's been repaired. Many people ignore an alarm if there under the impression it’s still faulty, seeing it more as an inconvenience rather than a cause for concern. Remember the story about the boy who cried wolf?
- Always Keep It Locked - Even if you are only popping out for a short time, ensure all doors and windows are securely locked. Crime statistics show that a worrying proportion of burglaries occur through “unforced entry” which means that they entered through unlocked windows or doors!
- Install Security Lighting - If the entrances to your home are not well-lit, consider installing security lighting. Infrared detectors will pick up movement and may be enough to deter burglars from attempting to enter your property.
- Avoid Leaving Notes On Your Door - Don't leave notes for service people or family members on the door. These is often a sure sign that there’s no one home!
- Request ID/Verify The Identity Of Cold-Callers - Ask for credentials from any salesperson who comes to your door selling something and asking to come inside. Request that you see their formal identification before allowing entry. Many professional burglars use this technique when wanting to ‘scope’ out a property. If you're in doubt, call their office before letting them in, and don’t let them in if you’re not convinced about their credentials.
- Make It Look Like Someone’s In - Having your home appear occupied at all times can reduce the risk of burglary. Using timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you're not at home can give the impression that the house is occupied.
- Change The Locks On Your New Home – When moving into a new home, it’s impossible to know who has a set of keys to the place – estate agents, tradesmen, neighbours, friends or family of the old homeowners. For this reason it is much safer to change the locks as soon as you move in, preventing someone gaining unauthorised access. Additionally, people with keys to a property don’t look like intruders, and are much more likely to go unnoticed until it is too late.
- Are Burglars Lurking? Consider the layout of your garden when reviewing your home security. Are there trees and bushes that someone could easily hide in? This can be a particular problem in the Spring and Summer when foliage is dense. Regular pruning of bushes and trees can prevent them becoming hiding places for that lurking burglar.
- Change Locks If You Lose Keys - If you lose or misplace any of the keys to your home, make sure you change the locks as soon as possible. As unlikely as it sounds, someone could find your keys and gain access to your home when there is no one in. A good burglar alarm is another way to prevent this happening, but you should always get your locks changed as a precaution.
- Conceal All Wiring - For the most effective alarm system, ensure all wiring is concealed. A professional burglar will look for places where they can disconnect or tamper with the security system to avoid drawing attention to their crime, and hence make the task of burgling your home much easier! Also, ensure that your alarm bell box has batteries for back-up power if someone cuts the electricity.
Ensuring you follow all of the tips mentioned above can help to reduce the risk of burglary and therefore keep your family and possessions safe. Spend a little time reviewing your home security to avoid being the victim of a burglary and having to deal with the stressful aftermath. As burglars become more ruthless in gaining entry to people’s homes, even when the occupants are inside, more people have started to install physical home security products. For more robust ways to protect your home, contact us today.