Becoming the victim of a burglary or a home intrusion is something we all fear… But it happens. To help you keep your family and possessions safe we’ve put together a list of important home security tips.

Crimes of Opportunity

Most burglaries are crimes of opportunity. Develop a good security routine when you leave the house and remove those opportunities – lock doors and windows, turn lights on, set the alarm.

Exterior Doors

Exterior doors should be strong. Choose solid wood or metal and make sure they fit snugly into secure frames. Fit doors with peep-holes and door chains.

Locks

Use deadbolt locks. Deadbolt locks are more secure. “Double-cylinder” versions can also prevent burglars opening doors from the inside and so make it difficult for them to escape or remove your possessions.

Secure Windows

Do your windows tempt criminals? Make sure they can be locked securely. When replacing them consider the extra protection of laminated glass.

Spare Keys

Don’t keep spare keys hidden outside the house. Burglars know where to look for them.

Good Lighting

Motion activated exterior lights provide a deterrent to prowling criminals. A well lit property, inside and out, raises the chances of a potential crime being observed and averted.

Neighbourhood Watch

Engage your neighbours, either in a formal Neighbourhood Watch scheme or informally. A phone call from the guy next door to the police may be all it takes to prevent the violation of your home.

Canine Protection

A dog can be a great burglar deterrent. If you have one, advertise the fact with a sign on your gate or fence.

Landscaping

Don’t neglect your garden. Shrubs can provide burglars with cover and taller trees can give access to upstairs windows.

Outbuildings

Keep garages and garden sheds securely locked. Not only are these places where valuable possessions are stored, but they can also provide “break and entry” tools for criminals to use against you.

Raise the Alarm

Fitting an alarm may be a worthwhile investment, particularly one monitored by a security firm. The mere presence of an alarm may scare a would-be burglar away.

A Good Impression

Create the impression your house is occupied, even when you are out. Use timers to switch lights, radios and TVs on and off, empty your mailbox regularly, park your car in the driveway.

Attention to detail, a little commonsense and a good security routine can remove the opportunities criminals find so tempting. Don’t leave the safety of your home to chance.

Learn more about keeping your home safe in this video.

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