Security measures can be a huge point of anxiety when moving or buying a new house. If you’re unfamiliar with the layout (especially points of entry and access), the locking mechanisms on doors and windows and the local security risks, then it can all feel a bit overwhelming.
However, this anxiety can sometimes be well placed; burglars strike every 30 seconds on average. This is why it’s never a bad idea to make sure that your home security is in its best possible shape.
We’ve put together 10 top tips on home security, with some essential advice to make all your anxiety and hassle disappear in the blink of an eye.
Check your alarm is functioning
An alarm system is not only one of the most secure ways to protect your home, but it can also reduce your insurance premium.
Remember to put in on whenever you leave the house, and before you go to bed at night; this will stop anyone from entering your house unannounced.
Plus, if your alarm is clearly visible from the outside of your property, then it acts as a great deterrent for any would-be burglars.
Keep your locks updated
Modern, professionally fitted locks are another easy and effective way to protect your home.
The most modern kinds of locks are always the safest; like alarms, they can also reduce your house insurance premium.
Secure all the doors
You should regularly inspect your front door to check the frame is strong, and that no one could attempt to open the door from the letter box. If you’re moving into a new home, then don’t forget to change the locks.
If you have sliding doors, make sure they can also be locked. And if you still feel unsafe, add a door sensor or a glass break sensor for added protection.
Lock the windows
Remember to lock your windows whenever you leave the house or go to bed. This is really important, as windows are the easiest entrance for burglars to use.
You should also check the conditions of your windows every now and then, as rusty locks or rotten frames are an added security risk.
Add security cameras
Security cameras are a great deterrent for thieves, as well as an intelligent way to get justice.
The most high-end cameras include features like night vision, motion detection and waterproof cases, so you’ll always be able to spot the bad guys.
Hide your valuable items
Remember to keep your jewellery, laptops, tables, phones and car keys well out of sight. This will prevent opportunistic burglars from feeling tempted to enter your house on the fly.
Keep your keys safe
Never leave your keys inside your front door, as it will be very easy to reach them from the letter box.
Keep your keys in a safe place when you’re at home and try to keep them in closed pockets or bags when you leave the house. Losing your keys can be a huge worry and an inconvenience; you’d need to change all your locks to make sure you’re secure.
Get some smart lighting
Motion sensor lighting will truly make burglars feel caught out. They’ll help you and your neighbours see if there’s any movement, and – if you have cameras outside – it will make any unusual events perfectly visible.
If you’re looking to go one step further, you might also consider an automated low-energy light which comes on at intervals. This way, even if you’re away your house for a longer period of time, your home will always look occupied to outsiders.
Don’t leave out the garage
Remember to always lock the interior and exterior doors of your garage. If you have a security code, make sure to keep it secret and never enter it in front of other people. You should also consider covering any windows to hide what’s inside.
Meet your neighbours
It’s always reassuring to have a friendly ally on your side. If your neighbours know you well, they’ll easily be able to spot a stranger or any unusual activity around your house.
And if you have a very good relationship with your neighbours, you can create an anti-burglar network, similar to a neighbourhood watch, where you can all play an active part to keep each other safe.
Finding some peace of mind
Of course, for most people, security breaches aren’t usually an everyday occurrence; there’s no need to spend your whole life worrying about it.
All it takes is to follow some of these easy steps, helping you feel safe and sound about the security of your home.