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How to make your home secure

Tips to turn your home into your castle

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A burglary in your home is one of the most upsetting things that can happen in life. Although you’ll be able to claim on your home insurance for damage and stolen items, it’s never a nice feeling to know that an intruder’s been inside your home.

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.

Invest in an alarm system

A quality alarm system is a very worthwhile investment. For less than £1,000, you can get a state-of-the-art alarm system fitted at your home; it is one of the best things you can do to deter potential burglars.

As well as creating an ear-splitting noise, most alarm systems these days can also be centrally monitored, either by a security company or the police. When you’re researching which alarm company to use, make sure you check they are National Security Inspectorate (NSI) or Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB) approved.

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Check how strong your locks are

Much like a decent alarm system, it pays to spend money on decent locks for your home. Where possible, install a 5 lever mortice deadlock – these are locks which are embedded into the actual body of a door, and are harder to force open.

Some home insurance companies will insist you have certain locks like a 5 lever mortice dead lock or 3 multi-point locking device, on all main doors to your property, so it’s worth checking what you’ve got.

Pay for a professional MLA licensed locksmith to do a security survey of your property. You’ll also be able to get them to change the locks if they’re not up to scratch.


Are the doors and windows secure?

Did you know, 3 in 10 burglaries are through an open door or window? Get into the habit of locking doors and windows when you go out – gone are the days of leaving your front door on the latch! It’s worthwhile checking the door itself, as well as the frames around it, are strong and secure. Look for weaknesses or splinters in the wood, as this will make it easier for a burglar to force entry to your home.

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Smart home security systems

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.

Read more about the latest home security innovations.


Install security lights around your home

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.

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Add security signs

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.


Make friends with your neighbours

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.

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For more home security ideas, check out our list of hints and tips to prevent burglars from breaking into your home.