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THE IMPORTANCE OF SECURING YOUR HOME

We’re all used to locking the front door when we leave the house aren’t we? But have you ever stopped to think about how secure your home really is?

It’s easy to become complacent about home security, especially if you live in a low crime area. But keeping on top of your home’s security features is important for more reasons than you might think.

Keeping you and your family safe

A secure house goes a long way to creating a calm and relaxing home. Keeping your home properly secured at night, saves you sleepless hours worrying about every little sound you hear. And knowing your family is safe and sound, both day and night, helps put your mind at rest.

Peace of mind when you’re away

Of course, a properly secured home is just as important when you’re not there. Whether you’re on holiday or visiting friends and relatives, it’s good to know that your home is safe from burglars. It means you can fully enjoy your time away.

Protecting your investment

Your home is the biggest investment you’re ever likely to make, so looking after it makes sense. A poorly maintained home not only makes it vulnerable to intruders but can also devalue your home. So, it makes sense to keep entry points and security devices in good working order.

Reducing your insurance costs

Making sure you’re on top of the latest security advice and have installed the latest locks and gadgets can help reduce your insurance costs. Even simple things like locks on windows, can lower your annual costs.

Simple ways to secure your home

If you’re reading this and wondering about how secure your home really is, don’t worry. There are a few simple ways to make sure it’s protected.

The most obvious entry point to your home is through your front door. And a door that looks easy to break open – such as one with rotten wood – is a temptation for burglars. So, replacing your old front door is one of the most effective ways to secure your home.

Changing all of your windows to modern, lockable versions may not be affordable to everyone. But many wooden framed windows such as period sashes, can be retro-fitted with locks.  In addition Stephen from SF Locksmiths Rotherham suggests the use of sash jammers for uPVC windows and doors. These small devises are a cost effective option enhancing your home security. Adding locks to your windows not only makes your home more secure but is a feature that insurance companies like you to have.

Putting up an outdoor light with a sensor is another simple way to help secure your home. This security lighting acts as a simple deterrent to intruders and alerts you and your neighbours to night-time activity in your driveway or garden.

Other ways to improve home security

Of course, you may have these basic measures sorted already. So, are there other easy ways to improve your home’s security?

Yes, there are lots of ways to improve your security measures but perhaps the easiest is to make good friends with your neighbours. It’s always useful to have an extra pair of eyes keeping watch over your home, especially when you’re away.

Burglar alarm systems now come with app-enabled features that make them easier to use with more flexibility. But if you want to keep it simple, a basic system still works as a good deterrent. Plus, it’s low-cost and quick to install. Or if you like your gadgets, a smart doorbell is a handy, affordable feature that can be fitted without a specialist.

If you’re not willing or able to install lots of high-tech gadgets to secure your home, you can always fake it. A dummy alarm or camera could still be enough to deter would-be thieves.

A key part in improving home security is identifying any vulnerabilities in your current security. Asking for advice from a local locksmith such as Doncaster locksmiths SF Locksmiths is a great start, they can carry out an audit of your current door locks & suggest improvements such as upgrading to high security Anti Snap locks. These prevent locks from snapping – making it difficult for intruders to break an entry.

Thank you for reading.


 

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