It is estimated that two thirds of burglars gain entry to a house through an unsafe door and a third get in through a window.
It is important that you protect your home and property, not only when you are out, but also when you are present in the house.
- Protecting your garage
The use of Security Direct Roller Shutters is becoming more popular than ever when trying to protect your home or garage. These shutters are secure and can be fitted to prevent break-ins when you are not at home. They can be controlled by remote control and are also insulated to keep out the elements.
- Securing your doors
An article on the Age UK website gives some basic guidelines to help you protect your home from thieves. Once you have obtained some simple advice from an expert, such as the police, you can then start to fit the correct locks and bolts to your front and rear doors. All insurance companies will insist that you have a five-lever mortice deadlock and a letterbox cage which will prevent anyone gaining access to a door and the locks from the outside of your property.
- Lock your windows
The Metropolitan Police or your local police websites will explain how they can visit your home to advise you on the best ways to protect your belongings. Although doors are the preferred point of entry for a burglar they will also look out for any unsecured windows. Even if you have the latest double glazing you should still check that the locks are secure, it’s also important that the glass is correctly fitted. Applying a plastic film to the inner surface, preventing it from breaking, can toughen the glass.
- Outdoor lighting
Using outdoor motion sensitive lighting can be a great way to deter people from looking around your property. There are many different types of security systems available and most of them are very hi-tech, but you don’t have to break the bank when it comes to installing these security lighting systems. They are easy to fit and will make you feel safer in your own home.
The use of modern technology has made home security and protecting your vehicle or valuables much easier. You can go into most electrical suppliers and buy a kit that you can fit into your home yourself. These come with motion sensors, door and window protection and can be linked to your phone, this will alert you if there is an intruder while you are out of the property. It is also a good idea if you have a visible alarm system or box on the wall at the front of your home.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Staying safe indoors doesn’t just mean stopping people from entering and stealing from you. It is also important that you ensure your home is safe from fire or toxic fumes from heating systems or fires. Investing in a smoke and carbon monoxide detector could save you and your family’s lives.