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Help keep your home safe and protect your family from fire with our helpful guides, Learn how to fit locks and alarms and prevent hazards in your home.


Securing your home

  • Tip 1 - 60% of burglaries are opportunist so don’t leave anything of value like laptops, cameras and car keys in view. This will only encourage a burglar.
  • Tip 2 - 20% of burglaries happen without forced entry so as obvious as it sounds be extra vigilant and make sure you lock windows and doors when you leave the house.
  • Tip 3 - Burglars generally prefer empty properties so they will look for things like an empty drive or bins left out. If you are going away for an extended period of time, ask a trusted neighbour if they can check your property every few days, put the bins away and remove any visible unopened post. It’s also worth investing in some timer plugs to plug any lamps into - nothing says an empty house quite like no lights on in the evening.
  • Tip 4 - Don’t leave a spare set of keys under a flowerpot or doormat. It’s surprising how many people do and burglars are aware of this too.
  • Tip 5 - Don’t leave keys in or near your door at night as they could be reachable through the letterbox.
  • Tip 6 - If you’ve just bought yourself a new TV or computer don’t leave the packaging outside in view. Obviously this suggests that there i s an expensive item inside worth stealing.
  • Tip 7 - Make sure any sheds or outhouses are secure not only to protect their contents but burglars will often use tools found in sheds to gain access to properties.
  • Tip 8 - Think about securing the perimeter of your home, make sure that garden fences and access gates are secure and in good repair.
  • Tip 9 - Sometimes burglars will attempt to access your house whilst you’re there by posing as anything from a council employee to a meter reader. Do not let anyone you’re not expecting into your house until you have fully checked their identification.

Locks

We all have locks on our exterior doors but it’s important to make sure they are up to the job especially as 55% of attempted burglaries happen with front door access...

There are three main types of locks on exterior doors:

Most wooden doors will have both a mortice dead lock and a night latch. If you only have one you should consider adding the other for extra security and it’s recommended that you position them 45 – 60cm apart. If you have a UPVC door it’s likely that you will have a multipoint locking system. These are operated by a main cylinder called a Euro Profile Cylinder. Basic euro profile cylinders can be broken by burglars in under 2 minutes so if you’re unsure on the type of cylinder you have it’s worth upgrading to a British Standard Euro Profile Cylinder from Yale.

Window locks

Many windows don’t have key locks or are left unlocked for convenience, but don’t forget this is also convenient for burglars, so always make sure you lock your windows.

Sheds and garage locks

Not only do you want to protect the contents of your shed or garage, you don’t want any tools you may keep in them to be used to break into your home. Invest in a sturdy weatherproof padlock to deter potential burglars.

Home Security Alarms

There are two main types of alarms to consider, audio only or a monitored system. With a monitored alarm you have a further two options, one being the nominated key holder being contacted as soon as the alarm is set off or secondly a police response is actioned as soon the alarm is set off. Monitored systems are more expensive so it’s worth doing some research to find an alarm solution that suits your needs and property type. Other considerations are whether you want a wired or wireless system. Wireless alarms can generally be installed easily without the need for an electrician plus if you are living in a rental property they can easily be removed and taken with you. The downside is that they tend to be a bit more expensive and are battery operated so you will need to regularly check them to make sure the alarm is always armed when switched on


Outside lighting

  • Tip 1 - Another useful deterrent against burglary is outside lighting. These are motion sensor and timer activated so not only are they useful to detract burglars but also to light up areas so you can see when you return home.
  • Tip 2 - Multiple less powerful lights are more effective than a single high power light. They create fewer areas of shadow and act as a back-up should one bulb blow.
  • Tip 3 - Make sure you position the motion sensors so that animals don’t activate the lights every time they move past them.
  • Tip 4 - Don’t leave a spare set of keys under a flowerpot or doormat. It’s surprising how many people do and burglars are aware of this too.
  • *For any electrical work please consult a qualified electrician.

Another useful deterrent against burglary is outside lighting. These are motion sensor and timer activated so not only are they useful to detract burglars but also to light up areas so you can see when you return home.


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