Seven Top New Year's Resolutions for Improving Home Security
The holiday period is over, everyone in your home is back at work or school and your house is mostly empty during the day. Now is the time to review your home security and fix those small problems you've been aware of for a while. Here are our seven top tips for great home security this year.
Make sure all exterior doors have secure five lever locks attached. As burglars like to use side or rear entrances, don't forget about these doors. Consider fitting security chains internally to prevent forced entry if you are on your own. Ensure your doors are not weakened with rotten wood, holes or insecure hinges.
Secure your windows when you leave home – close them and lock them if possible. This will stop opportunistic thieves from climbing in and taking whatever they can. Don't leave tools outside which could be used to break into your home. Put them away securely in a shed or inside you home.
Cut back overgrown hedging and plants while it is easy to do so, before spring growth starts. This makes it more likely that potential burglars will be seen from the roadside or if they get into your back garden.
If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set when you go out. Pick a security code that is not easily guessed by an intruder. For extra peace of mind, add alarm maintenance, monitoring and/or a police response.
Add external security lighting to increase security at night. If anyone steps through your front gate or comes up your drive, the lights come on automatically. This prevents burglars from sneaking up a darkened driveway and entering your house without your neighbours noticing.
Find out if you have a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area and ask any neighbour you know well to keep an eye on your home if you go away for any length of time.
If you do unfortunately suffer a burglary, it helps to recover your goods if they are marked with an ultra-violet pen – otherwise known as property marking. Write your house number and postcode on each item – especially any new ones you acquired at Christmas! This helps police identify who stolen property belongs to if it is recovered.
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