1. Review the exterior of your house
Start by reviewing the exterior of your property to make sure there are no broken windows or access to your property through garages or conservatories. Lock any tools and items such as ladders away.
2. Are your doors and windows secure?
Ask a vetted, inspected and qualified locksmith to review your door and window security (including internal doors to conservatories and garages) to make sure all of your windows and doors have the most appropriate locks, they are1 in good condition, properly fitted and meet your insurance requirements. For your UPVC needs check out our UPVC Locks
3. Beware of opportunist thieves
Opportunist thieves can often approach houses that look like nobody is at home so consider installing a number of light timers around the house so it appears someone is home.
4. Front and back door sensor lighting
Dusk to dawn or sensor lighting to the front and back door of your home will deter potential thieves and help you gain entry into your home in the dark.
5. Security alarms – regularly change the code
Alarms can be very effective but you need to change the code regularly to gain maximum benefit from them.
6. Protect the windows with security grilles or bars
Side windows in a house can be smashed to reach keys and gain entry so consider adding reinforced glass or maybe even block the window. Decorative grilles and bars can also vastly improve the security of a home without being detrimental to the aesthetics.
7. Home security safes
Home safes are becoming increasingly popular too, so you may want to consider asking a specialist locksmith to specify and install the best one to meet your needs. Browse our range of Safes and Cashboxes
8. Protect your French doors and UPVC doors
You may also want to install top and bottom bolts on French doors or add sash jammers to UPVC doors.
9. When were your keys last replaced?
While you are reviewing your security it is also worth considering when your keys were last replaced, whether past owners or tenants may still have access to your home and whether anyone may have made copies of your keys without your knowledge. If you are worried ask a professional locksmith to change your locks and fit a patented system, whereby keys can only be copied with proof of ownership.
10. Common bad habits
Consider your own influence on the level of security for your home and make sure you don’t indulge bad habits such as leaving keys in locks or in view that you and your family may have. Simple tips such as always setting alarms, changing codes on a frequent basis and locking any side or back gates can make a substantial difference and deter attack.
11. Protect your garden shed
Make sure you source a good quality lock to protect your garden shed and its contents, if you have one. View our range of padlocks here
12. Car keys are at risk in the home as well
Statistics show that thieves are increasingly breaking into homes to steal car keys so don’t make it easy for them by leaving keys in view.