Home security is something that we all worry about at times, particularly if you or a neighbour have recently been burgled. When this happens it’s common to feel violated and anxious in your own home. It’s important to remember that most burglaries are committed by amateurs, and with a few changes to the way you secure your home it can be easy to deter these kinds of criminals.
Below are a few simple ways that you can improve your home security which will help you to feel safe in your own home…
1. Install an alarm system
This may seem like an obvious one to start with, but many people don’t have a house alarm system at all. Shockingly, it is estimated that only around 10% of homes in the UK regularly use their house alarm. Alarm systems can be pricey which may be why so many people are put off by them, but they really are a great investment. Just think about how reassured and relaxed you will feel knowing that your home is secure. Before you do invest in an alarm system though, make sure you do your research and shop around as a decent one doesn’t have to cost the earth.
2. Hire a locksmith
We all assume that our locks will keep our homes secure, but just how reliable are they? I would recommend hiring a locksmith who can inspect your door and window locks and advise if any replacements or repairs are needed. As with anything locks can suffer wear and tear so they need to be maintained to ensure that your house remains secure. If you are local, SF Locksmith Rotherham is a good reliable locksmith to check out. They cover the whole of South Yorkshire, including Sheffield, Rotherham Barnsley and Doncaster. SF Locksmith is a family run business that’s insurance and police approved, they offer a quick service and don’t charge a call out fee.
3. Install security cameras
This doesn’t mean that you need to be installing an expensive cctv system around your home, it can be as much or as little as you see fit. We have a small security camera in our home that we place in the window so we can see who comes to the door. This not only allows us to see what’s going on outside our home, but it also deters any potential thieves. There are many similar systems out there now such as Hive, Ring and Blink.
4. Keep your valuables safe and hidden
Make sure your keys, devices and other valuables are not out on display. Put yourself in the shoes of a burglar, walk around the outside of your home and look through the windows at what you can see. This may seem obvious but it’s very easy for us to forget ourselves and leave iPads and laptops etc out when we leave the house. It may be worth investing in a safe too if you have items of significant value in your house.
Also check all of your existing locks and padlocks to ensure that they are still working and keeping your valuable items safe. Over time it is possible for locks to fail, or maybe they were never fitted correctly in the first place. Take the time to check them all thoroughly and replace any that you need to, or alternatively hire a locksmith to do this for you.
Lighting can do a great job of protecting your home against thieves. It may be that you set up a timer on your indoor lights, so that it appears like someone is home even when you’re not. Or maybe an outdoor light that turns on whenever someone walks on to your property, this is almost guaranteed to deter burglars.
Do you have any other tips to add to this list? How do you keep your own home secure?
Thank you for reading.
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