Having someone break into your home is something no-one should experience and with these tips you can help keep your home secure. A few simple changes could stop your home from an intruder.
1. Unlocked doors and windows
Nipped off to the shops for five minutes? Summer sun beating through the living room window? Decided to leave it open a little since you’ll only be gone five minutes and no-one can fit in a window? Probably better not to – burglars see this as a welcome invitation and you’d be surprised how routine this is for burglars to access your home. Secure double glazing windows can help.
2. Visible keys
These days, it’s not as simple as leaving a spare key under the plant pot. Burglars are sharp enough to take a look around all the obvious places. If you need to keep a spare key nearby, it’s much safer to have a few copies cut and leave them with a neighbour or a friend nearby.
3. Signs you’re not home
Heading away on holiday? Any newspaper subscriptions or milk orders piling up are a sure-fire sign that nobody’s home, so be sure to cancel these before you go.
Likewise, when the lights are off for days on end, nobody’s home. A set of light timers can give the impression of an active house during the evening.
4. Easy pickings
There’s nothing a burglar likes better than an easy target. Student houses are usually empty over the holidays, and elderly people can often be vulnerable. In circumstances like these, it pays to have properly secure locks and alarms in the home. Our doors have great security benefits, perfect for the security conscious home-owner.
It’s not just the indoor stuff that thieves are after, either. Leaving your gardening tools or kids bikes around is a really easy way to find yourself in need of some replacements, since they’re so easy to snatch, make off with and sell on. Keep them locked up!
5. Hiding places
Burglars like a good spot they can hide in while they take a proper look for valuables. Any obstructions, such as pot plants or statues, set neatly in front of your ground floor windows, can do a lot to stop any loitering. It always helps to have your house well-lit, which a motion-activated light can ensure without wasting money and energy and leaving lights on all night.