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  • Writer's pictureDavid Ryder

Protect your home with these simple but very effective Tips.

Good home security is the best way to reduce your chances of being burgled. A lot of burglaries are opportunist crimes and are committed on the spur of the moment. This is usually because a burglar has seen a weakness in your security such as an open window, or broken fencing, or some other easy point of entry. They like the odds stacked in their favour. Don’t make yourself and your home an easy target. Instead, follow these simple tips:

Top Tips to think about:

  • If you are installing new doors and windows get ones that are manufactured and certified to a recognised security standard.

  • Window locks, especially on older windows, will help stop people getting in. Consider a simple and inexpensive audible vibration alarm that sticks on your window. We can provide these.

  • Lock all doors and windows before leaving the house and before retiring to bed. It's easy to forget when you're in hurry, but it's the simplest way for a burglar to enter your home.

  • Never leave keys anywhere near the front door, because burglars know where to look.

  • A home that looks empty is far more likely to be targeted by a burglar, so it's worth making sure your home looks occupied.

  • Use automatic timer-switches to turn on a light and perhaps a radio when it goes dark, even if you are just out for a couple of hours.

  • Permanently marking your belongings helps you and the police identify them if they are stolen. It can also make it difficult for the thief to dispose of the property. We are authorised distributor for SmartwaterCSI (see our other blogs).

  • Prevent easy access to the back and sides of your home by installing locked gates, 2 metre minimum fencing or walls. Trellis topping also makes climbing difficult.

  • Security lighting can be used to make would be perpetrators feel vulnerable and observed. Use dusk to dawn lighting or motion activated lights.

  • Visible burglar alarms are a deterrent, there are many to choose from.

  • Make sure that passers-by can see the front of your home. Remove and secure items and tools that may be used to break in.

  • Work with your neighbours to keep an eye on each other’s security., Neighbourhood Watch groups are good for this

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