Seven Steps to Improve Your Home Security
Police say homes without security measures in place are five times more likely to be broken into than those with security. Here are seven ways to improve your home security:
- Electric gates Electric gates stop unwanted cars turning in your drive and also deter criminals. They look great and are easier to use than standard manual gates. One option is to choose gates that provide complete privacy from the roadside, hiding your house and cars from potential burglars.
- Fencing Not only does fencing define the perimeter of your property, it also stops unwanted visitors and deters criminals. Fencing options vary depending on your requirements: wood or steel, open or high privacy. A competent installer can advise what will suit your needs.
- Motion sensor lighting Motion activated lighting installed at both the front and back of your house deters burglars who cannot hide in the dark observing your home. Specialists also recommend putting lighting on a timer when you’re away to give the impression someone is home.
- Hide your car keys! Too many of us are guilty of leaving our car keys near the front door. Thieves can put a coat hanger device through the letterbox and hook them, before driving away in your car. Hide your keys!
- Bollards Residential bollards are becoming more popular, installed behind your car and locked into place. This ensures car thieves cannot move your vehicle even if they steal the keys. Particularly useful if you have classic or expensive vehicles.
- MLA licensed locksmith Always use an MLA licensed locksmith. They are qualified, vetted and regularly inspected. Remember that every time you get a set of keys copied, you’re diluting your control. Does the neighbour have a copy of your key? Are they storing it in a secure place? Consider carefully who you give your keys to.
- Burglar alarm system The most obvious security measure is an alarm system to scare intruders off when the alarm is triggered. You can also set the alarm to protect downstairs at night when you are upstairs asleep. The system can be linked directly to the police or your mobile phone. Don’t forget to regularly change your alarm code and be careful who you give it to.
Information courtesy of GateQuote