Your home should be a sanctuary of comfort and safety. But even if you live in one of the safest areas in Britain, there’s a chance your home could be burgled. After all, a break-in occurs every thirty seconds in the United Kingdom. Here’s the good news: there are many simple steps you can take to boost your home security.
Whether you want to add to your existing home security system or you’re just looking to make your home less vulnerable to an intruder, our home security tips are likely to help.
Here are our top home security tips for making your home a safer place.
1. Check out the Crime Stats in Your Area
Once you’ve addressed your home’s immediate security vulnerabilities, it’s time to become more aware of the crime taking place in and around your neighbourhood. With this knowledge, you can take additional precautions to keep your belongings and family safe. Thanks to technology, crime stats are right at your fingertips. Visit www.police.uk to see the stats for your area, and get information about your local safer neighbourhoods team.
2. Put Up Home Security Cameras
Installing indoor and outdoor home security cameras is one of the top things people tell us they wished they’d done before their home was burgled. And, in the event your home is broken into, footage captured by your security camera may help the police to identify those responsible. There are several different types of home security cameras. Some come as part of a complete home security system, while others can be purchased as a stand-alone security device. Either way, the most effective cameras are the ones with features like motion detection, night vision, and built-in Wi-Fi. Contact us for a free survey today where we can discuss many different options for you.
3. Be Sneaky with Your Spare Key
A burglar’s intuition is keen when it comes to locating “hidden” outdoor keys. So don’t place your spare keys in obvious locations such as under the doormat or planter. Instead, leave a key with a trusted friend or close neighbour, don't write your name or address on the keys, if your friend or neighbour is burgled, its likely that the burglars will take the keys and could end up burgling your house too! Remember, if you have recently moved into your home, you won't know who previously had keys, and we'd recommend you change your front door locks as soon as possible!
4. Replace the Front Door
This home security tip requires more skill and money than our other hacks—but it’s well worth it. Burglars don’t think twice about breaking weak front doors, so you’ll want to protect your home with a steel core door or another security door instead of a standard wooden one. If investing in a new door isn’t in your budget, then replace the screws that came with your locks for longer ones, think about installing a 'London or Birmingham Bar' to reinforce the frames of the door and consider adding an additional mortice lock with thumbturn which can be locked easily at night. Kick your home’s security up a notch by installing a smart doorbell, such as the Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Doorbell, which allows you to see who’s at the door without opening it.
5. Lock Your Doors
Locking your home’s entry doors—even when you’re inside—isn’t being paranoid. It’s taking a proactive approach to home safety, especially considering someone is home during almost one-third of all burglari