Wednesday, March 8, 2017

It's Time To Get Serious About Home Security


Home holds all of our most precious possessions. Our family, our pets, the things we have worked hard to buy. So it’s so important to take home security seriously. It’s thought that almost four million burglaries happen every single day- for many of them someone is home, and for a frightening proportion violence (or the threat of violence) is used. Don’t just take the chance, it doesn’t matter if you live in a nice neighborhood or you’ve never been broken into before. Here are some of the ways you can ensure your home is kept as secure as it should be.

Upgrade Windows and Doors

Good windows and doors that can’t easily be kicked in or prised open with a crowbar are your first defense against burglars. If your front door has a glass panel in it, you MUST lock it with a key and not just let it lock on the latch. Otherwise, a burglar can simply break the glass, reach in and open the door. Sites like have more info on this. If new windows and doors are out of budget, at the very least consider upgrading your locks. And remember, you can have the best windows and doors in existence but they’re no use whatsoever if you don’t lock them. In almost a third of burglaries, the thief enters through an unlocked door or window. Create a ‘locking up routine’ whenever you leave the house, and always lock up even if you’re only going to be out for ten minutes.

Have CCTV and a Burglar Alarm Fitted

CCTV and a burglar alarm are some of your best weapons against burglars. If they just know you have them they can act as a deterrent, but if anyone does still try their luck, they won’t get very far. Sites like run through the different makes and models out there so you can decide which is best for you. These are always worthwhile investments. Hopefully, you never need them but if you do- you’ll be glad you had them.

Keep Your Vacations Private

Burglars like to target houses that are quiet and unoccupied since this reduces the risk of them getting caught. So when you’re on vacation, and your house is left unoccupied, you’re more at risk of getting broken into. There are ways you can make it look like someone is in- lights on timer switches, canceling your paper and milk delivery- even automatic curtain rails like which open and close your curtains. However, all of these things are useless if a burglar knows for a fact you’re not home. When you’re off away, it’s tempting to post things to social media- photos, updates and chat with friends and family about what you’re up to. But you’re advertising your whereabouts and the fact that your home is empty. Wait until your home until you speak about your travels! Some insurance companies will actually refuse to pay out claims if you’ve published details on social media since you haven’t taken ‘reasonable care’ to protect your belongings.

Keeping your home sweet home safe should be a priority. Its one of our safe spaces in the world and you should keep it that way for your family. These are just some of the ways on how you can keep yours secure even if you are way.

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