7 steps to better home security
Having your house burgled can be a devastating experience, but there are simple steps you can take to improve your security and deter would-be intruders.
Being the victim of a burglary can be a deeply upsetting experience, leaving you out of pocket and often feeling unsafe in your own home. Luckily there are some simple steps you can take to shore up your home security and deter any would-be burglars.
One of the easiest ways to improve your home security is to look at your property through a burglar’s eyes. Walk around the outside of your home and look for any potential weaknesses, such as holes in your fencing or a window that could be easily pried open. Burglars love an easy target so make sure any expensive or valuable items are hidden away and not easily visible.
Secure your entrances
Make it difficult for intruders to get access to your home by securing your entrances. Make sure your doors are strong, with protected hinges, and additional features such as deadbolts, smart locks and strike plates. Sliding doors are a particular favourite with burglars, so take steps to protect yours. And don’t forget your windows – shore up your security with high quality locks, window security film, and glass break sensors.
Install an alarm
Alarm systems can act as an effective deterrent to would-be burglars, with research showing that properties with prominently displayed intruder alarms are much less likely to be targeted – so it’s worth installing one in your home. Security systems can come with many different features including motion detectors and two-way wireless technology, so choose the system that best suits your needs.
Light up your surroundings
Thieves prefer to operate under the cover of darkness, so make it as difficult as possible for them by ensuring that your property and its grounds are well-lit. Place lights in your front and back gardens, along pathways and near your garage and other outbuildings. For a maximum effect, put your outside lights on a timer, or install motion-activated lights which will flood your garden with light at the first sign of activity.
Nobody likes to be caught on CCTV, especially when committing a crime, and installing security cameras around your home can help to put-off potential thieves. Many of today’s cameras can be linked with mobile apps so that you can check on your home while you’re out and about. If the worst does happen and your home is burgled, CCTV footage could also help to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
Remove potential hiding places
Make life difficult for potential intruders by removing any potential hiding places. Cut back any shrubbery or trees growing close to your home that could provide cover for burglars, and remove any large items from your garden that someone could hide behind. An open, overlooked space with nowhere hide, will be a much less attractive proposition to intruders.
Be social media savvy
These days, most of us share our day to day activities on social media – but your friends may not be the only ones watching your feed. Announcing to the world that you’re going on holiday for a fortnight is like an open invitation to any would-be burglars – particularly if your address can be deduced from your profile or photographs. So, be social media savvy and hold off on posting those beach selfies until you’re safely back at home.
Making your home more secure doesn’t have to be an arduous task – start with your priority areas and carry out additional tasks as and when you can. By taking early action and exercising common sense you can create a safe, secure home that is protected against intruders.