December 16, 2015

Top tips for keeping your home safe and secure

A burglary is one of the worst types of crime that you can be a victim of, not only because of the loss of valuable items but because of the emotional stress caused by someone violating your private life. There are in fact very few professional thieves that target homes, the vast majority of home burglaries are committed by amateurs who may be opportunist or looking to fund other habits. Having a good security system, that is well maintained, could be the difference between these thieves completing a burglary on your property or being thwarted in the act.

Top tips for keeping your home safe and secure
Simple Checks

Taking a few simple steps can make your home much securer and reduce your risk of being a victim of a household burglary significantly. You should make sure to follow these until they become second nature. It does not take much to deter a thief and these are all quick and easy methods to do just that.

-          Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the hose, even if it is only for a few minutes. This avoids having a thief just stroll into your home without any need to ‘break in’.
-          If you have just bought a new house make sure you change all the locks and keys, you can not be sure that there have not been any copies made and it is better to be safe than sorry.
-          Use timers at your power and light sockets. Having lights turn on at particular time of day means that the house looks like it is being occupied and will put of any prospective burglar – they do not want to see you face to face!

-          Don’t leave notes on the door. It is always tempting to leave one for a delivery driver to leave the parcel with a neighbour or in a safe place, all it does though is tell prospective burglars that you are not at home.

-          Install an alarm system or door entry system to greater control you home. These are both good ways to have a clear deterrent for burglars – after all they do not want to trigger anything that will draw attention to their actions.

Maintenance

If you have a security system, whether this is a door access or entry system, or an intruder alarm, it is really important to ensure that these are well maintained and kept up to date. If your alarm goes off periodically due to a fault or low battery, this must be sorted as early. An alarm system that is constantly going off becomes similar to the old story about the boy who called wolf, your neighbours will start to ignore the alarm. The same goes with any other security system, including door entry systems, although these systems may also benefit from some regular check ups from professionals.

Doors & Windows

Doors and windows are the two biggest vulnerabilities of any property and it is highly important to make sure that these are as secure as can be. Below are some handy hints on keeping your doors and windows safe.

-          Use deadbolts on exterior doors, this adds an extra level of protection on your exterior and makes it harder for anyone to break in. It also means that you need a key in order to open the door, so there is no way a burglar would be able to break the glass of a door/window and simply open it from the inside.

-          The use of a metal pipe or bar across the bottom track of your window or patio door stops them from sliding and anyone using that as an entry route.

-          When adding locks to windows, if you drip some solder on the screw heads it means that a thief will be unable to unscrew the lock after they cut a small hole in the window pane.

Common sense and keeping your security systems up to date will help you secure your property from opportunist house burglars. Try not to leave any trace of information alluding to you being away and keep a presence at the house at all times possible. Burglars don’t want to be caught; therefore they will target easier jobs, as these will be the quieter places with less chance of being caught.

This article was provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the technology & security sector – working with a selection of companies including door entry systems specialist Rentrifone, who were consulted over the information contained in this piece.

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