The term “home security” encompasses numerous factors – from installing strong window glasses and smart home security system to getting a guard dog. To ensure complete protection of your home you need to focus on each and every area in and around your home. Easier said than done, covering all the aspects can seem overwhelming! To help you protect your home, we have prepared an informative list which covers almost all the aspects of home security. We hope you’ll find it useful.
1. Strong locks
Using strong locks in doors and windows is one of simplest ways to reduce the risk of burglaries.
2. Install toughened window glasses
Fragile windows can be easily broken into. Installing hardened glass in the windows lowers the risk of break-ins.
3. Trimmed landscaping
Overgrown bushes provide lurking spots for burglars. Trimming bushes and hedges helps in eliminating hiding places.
4. Cancel deliveries when leaving for holidays
Unattended deliveries including full mailboxes, piled up newspapers in the front door, and milk bottles are an invitation to burglars.
5. Make your home appear occupied
Ask your neighbour to park his/her vehicle in front of your home. It acts as a deterrent to burglars.
6. Use dowels to secure sliding windows
Using dowels between the sliding window and the jamb makes it difficult for burglars to force slide open.
7. Don’t load your car in public
Before leaving for holiday load your car with the garage door closed.
8. Ask a neighbour to leave snow tracks
Untouched snow around your home is a signal for burglars that no one’s inside.
9. Install timer switches
Using timer switches to turn on and off the lights and TV when you’re away from home lowers the risk of burglaries.
10. Don’t post social media updates about your trip
Sophisticated burglars can track your social media updates and plan their break-in accordingly.
11. Don’t leave ladders outside
Burglars can use ladders to gain access to windows and balconies on the first floor.
12. Shred official documents
Official documents contain sensitive information which burglars may use to plan their break-in
13. Dispose of delivery box and packaging material safely
Burglars can easily learn about you through the information in the delivery packages.
14. Be careful while dealing with strangers
Distraction burglars come disguised as social workers, utility workers, policemen and municipal inspectors. Here’s a useful read on how distraction burglaries can be prevented. https://www.protectmyproperty.co.uk/distraction-burglary-stay-safe/
15. Ensure alarms are set
Set the alarms in your home before leaving for a holiday. Leave the codes with a trusted friend in case of emergency. Read more about things to do before going on holiday here https://www.protectmyproperty.co.uk/help-and-advice/going-on-holiday/
16. Don’t hide spare keys in the usual places
Don’t hide spare keys under the welcome mat or under the flower pot.
17. Keep a trained dog
Trained dogs act as big deterrent to burglars
18. Ask your neighbours
Requesting the neighbours to keep a watch on your home when you’re away lowers the risk of burglaries. Do the same for your neighbours when they are not home.
19. Spot suspicious signs
Burglars mark properties to plan their break-in. Inform police immediately if you notice suspicious signs around your home.
20. Install security products
Security products such as burglar alarms and CCTV cameras are the best way to ensure a complete protection of your home.
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16 February 2018
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