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Security

How to

Learn how to fit locks and alarms and prevent hazards in your home with our helpful guides.


Plumbing should be installed before any wallpaper, fixtures or cabinets are installed. This makes it easier to make changes during the planning and in the earlier stages of installation.

The kitchen plumbing you install now will also determine how easy it will be to make changes in the future. So if you think there’s something you may want later down the line, think about what plumbing would be needed.

Tips to secure your home

  • Criminals are opportunistic so don’t leave anything of value in view.
  • lock windows and doors at night and when you leave the house, even when you’re in the garden.
  • If you’re going away for an extended period of time, avoid signs of a vacant home by using timer plugs to turn on your lamps in the evening. Also, ask someone to put your bins away and remove any visible unopened post.
  • Only hide keys outside your home in a secure key box , not under a flowerpot or doormat.
  • Don’t leave keys in or near your door as they could be reachable through the letterbox.
  • Don’t advertise something expensive you’ve bought by leaving the packaging in view outside.
  • Secure sheds, garages and outhouses with a weather resistant padlock to protect their contents. This also prevents burglars from using any tools or ladders stored in them to break into your home.
  • Secure the perimeter of your home. Make sure garden fences and gates are in good repair.
  • Homes with CCTV are 90% less likely to get burgled, so consider investing in security cameras , alarms and security lights are also an excellent deterrents.
  • Alarms and outdoor lighting are excellent deterrents. Multiple less powerful lights are more effective than a single high power light as they create fewer areas of shadow and act as a back-up should one bulb blow.