Simple home security tips
Simple home security tips
Let's talk about home security. First, the bad news: nearly half a million burglaries were recorded by police in the UK in 2017 – a rise of 9%. The good news? There are things you can do to help keep your home safe. Here are some simple home security tips to help you deter burglars.
Invest in a safe
Don't worry too much about your expensive TV. The items most likely to be stolen in a burglary are wallets, purses, cash and cards – all things that fit in a safe. A safe could be a good investment, and far more secure than hiding possessions in predictable places like your underwear drawer.
Improve your door and window locks
Make sure you have secure locks and consider which type of lock would be the best for your home. Consider adding hinge bolts to protect that side of the door from force too. Contact the Master Locksmith Association for advice and be sure to let your insurance provider know if you do decide to change your locks.
Secure sheds and garages
Think about what you have stored in your garage and ensure you've secured it properly. Items such as garden tools can be attractive to thieves – plus the Metropolitan Police warn that thieves will often go to your shed first to find tools to break into your home.
Try security cameras
If you want to add an extra level of security to your home, security cameras are a great way of monitoring activity, alerting you to any suspicious goings-on and even pre-empting break-ins.
Join Neighbourhood Watch
Create or join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme with your neighbours. Around 2.3 million households across the UK are already involved. Take turns to keep an eye on each other's properties while on holiday. Visit the Neighbourhood Watch Association to find a local scheme or for advice on setting up your own. Joining a scheme can not only help keep your home safe – it may reduce the cost of your home insurance.
Get a home alarm
Invest in a security system. Unmonitored alarms act as an alert rather than being connected to call centres. They react when tripped and can alert people in the local area of suspicious activity – which is especially useful if you're in a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
Remotely control your lighting
Lights going on and off in your home are a deterrent to thieves on the lookout for an unoccupied home. Consider installing remotely controlled security lighting. This allows you to set timers for lights to go off while you're away. Some let you control the lighting via an app on your phone.
Install outside lights
Consider adding some security lights outside for when it gets dark in the evenings or early mornings. Movement-sensitive lights will help deter thieves but won't disturb neighbours unduly.
Be careful on social media
Avoid posting pictures from holidays or evenings out in real time. It could potentially alert thieves to your absence. You can always post them once you get back home.