Home security is important to make sure you feel safe and sound. Although domestic burglary is less than a quarter of what it was in the 1990’s, it is a scary thought and can cause many sleepless nights. Use these home security tips and make your house the ultimate deterrent for a safe nights sleep.
Even if you can only do a few it will deter burglars by making your house seem like a time consuming, dangerous or watched environment.
It might seem a simple starting point for home security, but it’s the same point burglars will start from. Firstly, make sure you have a solid, thick door. This will be hard to break through using the classic shoulder-barge forced entry.
Next, make sure you have a top quality lock, and a deadlock or deadbolt if you can. Whilst these are very important, it’s most important that you actually use them! Burglars are more observant than you might think and they can tell an unused lock from dust, or from trying to move the door at the corners.
Speak to the Master Locksmith Association or a similar trusted body to get information and find the lock you need.
2. Alarm Systems
An alarm system can be a first point of alert for you or neighbours, and attract unwanted attention to the burglar. Whilst they can be quite expensive, and have ongoing maintenance costs, it is worth it for the peace of mind of keeping your home secure.
You can find really good alarms in many places as they are very popular. You can also link your alarm system up to an automated response team with an alarm company for added security. Speak to a well-known provider to find out more information and how it will work.
Don’t forget to turn the alarm on when you go out – it’s worth the extra couple of minutes to keep your home security up to scratch.
3. Smart Home Security
- use anti-virus
- split your wifi between internet, and your smart home
- use strong passwords for your wifi
- keep software updated
A motion sensor light by your door or on your driveway is a fantastic way to deter burglars, keeping your home secure with minimal costs. Burglars will shy away from anything that attracts attention – and coupled with your alarm system and strong door, they won’t stand a chance.
Keep your lighting system on at night for security whilst you sleep – though it may be best not right outside your bedroom window as animals can set them off.
CCTV is another relatively expensive system to install, but again can make the difference. If you do get burgled, the police can use the footage to help catch the criminal. Often just the cameras will be a deterrent and the burglar won’t come near, keeping your home secure.
If you cannot afford the full system, putting some dummy cameras out can be a visual deterrent. Whether it works or not, make sure the cameras are on view for full effect.
6. Perimeter Security
The perimeter of your house can be an access point for burglars to get to the back door, garage or rear entry points. Keep your home security high by making this hard to access.
Tall fences or thick hedges will be enough to make it hard – no need to get the barbed wire out yet! Using a large, strong gate will also help with home security if you have a long driveway or narrow entrance way.
7. Daytime Deterrents
If you are going away for a longer period of time than just a working day, keeping a car on your drive can deter burglars and improve home security by looking like someone is home.
If you don’t have a spare car to leave there, ask neighbours to use your drive overnight instead of using theirs if it’s convenient.
Windows are key to home security for a few reasons. The first is being able to see into the property. A burglar can peer in a window to see if there is anything valuable to make it worth breaking in. First up is keeping your valuable items tucked away out of view – in cupboards or drawers is fine. Either clearing valuables away, or make it easy by closing the blinds or using netted curtains to block the view.
Secondly, having strong windows is key to making your home hard to break into. Investing in some uPVC windows with good quality locks can be a great deterrent to burglars as the new systems are hard to break into and strong enough to withstand any quick impacts.
Whilst most home security focuses on the physical, think about your treasured memories, documents, photos and digital things too. Make sure you have a back up of your files and pictures as burglars may not just want expensive jewellery. A burglar who gets away with your laptop could use it as blackmail/ransom, and you could lose pictures and memories that mean alot.
Backing up to a cloud based system is ideal as you can access this from anywhere, but if you prefer to use a physical hard drive just remember to keep it somewhere safe – or somewhere else!
Finally, no matter what you do it is vital to have quality insurance on your belongings. Some burglars will not be deterred so having a backup plan to get anything valuable replaced and to get you back up on your feet again is really important. It also makes the after effects a little easier to deal with knowing it is in hand with someone else – one less thing to worry about.