You want to feel safe and secure in your own home and that is why it is important to make sure that you take all precautions to keep intruders out. There is nothing worse than coming home and finding your house damaged and your valuables stolen. Of course the house can be repaired and your valuables replaced, but your sense of security is the one thing that is often hard to regain once you have had a home intrusion.
Here are some key questions to ask yourself when assessing how secure your home really is?
- How visible is the front of your home from the road?
Often what we see as protection can be seen as an intruders dream! High fences or hedges can offer intruders protection from being seen so it is really important that you make your home visible or have other security measures in place if your home is not visible from the road.
- How visible are the locks on your doors and windows?
Ensuring that your locks are made visible will be more likely to deter an intruder as it will be seen as harder to break in to your property.
- Are there any sensor lights fitted around the exterior of your property?
Fitting lights with sensors to the outside of your home will ensure your home is well lit if an intruder was to approach your property. These will not only help to alert you and your neighbours but may deter an intruder from breaking into your home.
- How obvious is it when your home is unoccupied?
Ensuring that your home still looks occupied is a key element to avoiding a home intrusion. Make sure if you are going away and can’t get a house sitter that you ask a family member or friend to collect your mail and open and close your curtains whilst you are away. Dogs are also a great deterrent so perhaps have a dog sitter come daily to walk your dog and feed him instead of putting him in a kennel.
- Does an intruder have access to ladders or any other equipment to gain entry into your home?
Make sure that any ladders or equipment that could be used to break in to your home are stored securely in a locked garage or shed.
- Is it obvious that your home has an Alarm System?
Alarm systems and security cameras are a valued asset to keep your home and valuables safe but you also must remember to use them. An intruder is less likely to break in to your home if it is noticeable that you have an alarm system or security cameras fitted.
So now that you have asked yourself these questions, what can you do to make your home secure from intruders? Here are our 5 top tips to ensuring that you keep intruders out and your home and valuables safe!
- Install Quality Locks for your Doors and Windows
Make sure that all accessible entries to your property are protected by quality locks for both your doors and windows.
- Ensure that your valuables are locked in a safe that is bolted down
Keeping your valuables and documents in a safe is a great way to ensure that intruders are deterred from accessing these but it is important to have it bolted down otherwise they could take your safe with them.
- Install Sensor Lights
Sensor Lights are an effective way to deter intruders and alert you or your neighbours if there is someone on your premises.
- Ensure Padlocks and Locks are fitted for Garages and Sheds
Garages and Sheds can provide the tools for an intruder to break in to your home so make sure that you have quality locks or padlocks fitted.
- Install a Security System
You should consider consulting a locksmith to install an effective security system in your home which includes locks, security cameras, and alarms. Locksmiths are a great source of information when it comes to keeping your home safe. Installing a security system is especially important if you have a large house which is difficult to monitor or if you are often away for long periods of time.
Make sure you call Collingwood’s leading residential locksmith company, Amalgamated Locksmiths for a home security health check, so that we can help protect your home from intruders.