But there are lots of things you can do to make your home secure, and put off potential thieves. We explore the benefits of turning a home into a fortress
Fans of the latest tech will know that there are a number of cutting-edge home security gadgets available to homeowners these days. They include things like motion-activated security cameras, smart ‘peep holes’ which link directly to your phone or tablet, as well as smart security lighting which activates when your front door bell rings.
Motion sensor activated lights will tell you if there’s someone creeping around your garden or down the side of your house at night. Intruders are less likely to try and break in if they’re lit up for all to see. Make sure that any exterior lighting you do fit is high up and out of reach, so it can’t be tampered with.
If you have had an alarm system fitted, most security companies will also provide stickers or signs you can put up to show that your home is secure. This can be a great deterrent for a potential thief. If you don’t have any security systems yet, consider investing in some realistic ‘fake’ signage – it can sometimes be just as effective as the real thing.
It sounds obvious, but how well do you know your neighbours? We live in a society where we know less and less about the people who live right next door to us. But in fact, your neighbours could be your greatest ally in helping you secure your home.
Neighbours can keep an eye out for any unusual or suspicious activity at your property. If you go on holiday, they can put your bins out, make sure your mail doesn’t pile up, or even park a car in your driveway – all to give the appearance that you’re still at home.