Home Security: The Easy Way
Christmas is prime time for burglars. With expensive gifts left under the tree and the likelihood of people being out and about visiting friends and family, homes are a gold mine to the festive thief.
Homes without any security measures are five times more likely to be robbed than those demonstrating even basic security measures. Therefore, it is important to take precautions to ensure your family and home are secure – not only during the festive period, but all year round.
While you don’t need to install panic rooms, huge sirens, dig a moat around your house or employ security personnel to keep thieves at bay, taking a few safety steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Below, we have put together a few handy tips on how to keep your property protected.
It’s home security 101: keep doors and windows locked, particularly when you know your home is going to be empty. Ensure windows and doors have decent locks/deadlocks that are in good working condition.
Hide your keys
Keep window, door, car – all keys! – out of sight and cleverly hidden from potential thieves. Keep them away from obvious spots such as the letterbox or under a rock/plant pot in the garden.
Burglar alarms are undoubtedly one of the most effective measures against potential theft – after all, no burglar wants to be seen or heard on the job. Ensure your alarms are properly installed and switched on.
Lights, lights, lights
Decent outdoor and indoor lighting can act as a deterrent against burglars, as they are less likely to break into a well-lit home that makes them visible to yourself and the rest of the neighbourhood.
Do not display
At this time of year, houses like to show off with festive lights, neon Santas and enormous trees brimming with presents. Try not to advertise your home to burglars and keep expensive items hidden in hard-to-reach places like the attic.
Another point of view
Think about your house in the same way a burglar would. How easy would it be to break in? Are your expensive items in plain sight for all to see? Do your home security systems work effectively? You may even want to perform a ‘break in’ to check ease of accessibility.
Love thy neighbour
The more eyes you have looking out for your property, the better. Consider joining a neighbourhood watch team or asking a trusted neighbour to keep watch over your property while you are out/away.
Make it look like your home
Many burglaries occur during the day when people are likely to be at work. Leaving the lights, TV or radio on can give the illusion that you are at home when you are out.
Keep it safe
Store valuable and sentimental items in a safe or vault. If you are unsure which safe to purchase, contact your insurance company for further advice.
Eliminate hiding spots
Shrubs, bushes and trees can make for great hiding places when looking to break into a home. Keep surrounding plants trimmed and pruned, and ensure they are not too tall.
You can also check out the Metropolitan Police Virtual House Tour for more information about how to keep your property secure and what to look out for.
Get in touch
At Diony Security, we are security specialists with an extensive set of professional skills and training. If you think you might require one of our security services, please do not hesitate to get in touch for further information and advice today.