January is already over. Before we know it, the Easter holidays will be here, quickly followed by the two May bank holidays and then we’re into the long awaited summer holidays! During these periods, many of us choose to take a break and head off on our travels for a few days, or even weeks. We don’t want to to ruin that holiday feeling but we feel it’s important to remind you about security issues and making sure your home is protected whilst it’s empty. After all, it would be far worse to return home and discover you have been burgled!
What can you do to safe-guard your home?
Whether you are leaving the house empty or staying at home, you want to know your family and your possessions are protected. There are many things you can do to safe-guard your home and make it more secure. Many of them are common sense, simple and affordable – your house doesn’t have resemble Fort Knox to be protected!
Here are some tips that will help you to transform your house into a safe haven:
→ Security Alarm. This may sound obvious but having a (working!) security alarm system is the first step to protecting your house against intruders. If you don’t have one or your current system hasn’t been upgraded for a long time, now is the time to replace it.
→ Shed light. Burglars are more likely to target a house with a dark yard or garden. Rather than leaving the outdoor light on all night and racking up those electric bills, try installing motion-sensor lights, which save energy but illuminate if anyone skulks past.
→ Upgrade windows. Replace your old single glass windows with double-glazing windows. Opt for tempered or security glass on the first floor as they can be harder to break into than single pane. Be sure to include decent locks on the inside, and use them!
→ Add a peephole. It sounds silly but if you don’t already have a peephole on your front door, install it. That way, you’ll never have to open the door without knowing who’s standing outside.
→ Change the locks. Over the years you’ve probably given your front-door key to several contractors and relatives and by now you’ve lost track of where some of those keys are. Change your front door lock so you know who has access to your house. Also consider the option of using a different locking system instead of the traditional key. Electronical devices like a fob, pass code entered into a keypad near the door or fingerprint recognition are options.
→ Display warning signs. If you have a dog, put up a dangerous dog sign letting potential thieves know. Also advertise your security system and install some dummy CCTVs around the house.
→ Do some landscaping. Remove tall bushes and trees from around your house so intruders won’t have anywhere to hide. Keep hedges trimmed beneath windows. Make sure all of your windows and doors are visible from the street.
If you think you may need some help securing your house, contact Msitoria today. We carry out full home improvement services including the security upgrade of doors and windows. Call us on 0800 500 3015 or contact us via our website.