Simple Ways to Secure Your Home
by Bishop's Move, 06 February 2019
There are simple ways to secure your home and ensure you keep your belongings safe. This involves ensuring there are no easy entry points and ensuring your home is presentable. Following our simple steps, you can make sure your home is secure from intrusion without spending a fortune.
Our guide provides some simple ways to secure your home from intruders and discourage potential opportunists from stealing your prized possessions. Although it might not be the most fun, securing your home is important to ensure your belongings are protected but also for peace of mind. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune either as there are plenty of things you can do that will help to make your home more secure. Take a look at our guide for some top tips in securing your home.
Secure Entry Points
Although it might seem surprising, one of the most common entry points for burglars is the front door. The most common entry points for burglars are through doors and windows so this is the first place that you should start to secure. Many people are actually unaware that their front door lock is not very secure. If you simply have a latch lock on your front door, this isn’t very secure and you should think about upgrading security. Add an extra deadbolt lock to your front door to stop burglars forcing entry with flimsy latches. Make sure the latches or locks on your windows are secure and closed at night or when you leave.
Create Open Space
Although trees, shrubs and ornaments can make your home look nice, they can actually provide burglars with places to hide. Creating open spaces with a clear view for passersby and neighbours can deter burglars from attempting to gain entry. Make sure that you trim trees regularly and opt for smaller bushes, plants and flowers instead of large shrubs. Planting bushes below windows can provide a great hiding place so avoid where possible or opt for prickly bushes instead. If you have a large van or car then you should also consider moving this away from entry points or parking it on the road to avoid giving burglars cover or access to the roof.
Keep Up Appearances
Most thieves are opportunists and they look to gain entry while you are away from your home. But making it look like someone is home even when you’re out can help to remove the temptation for opportunists. You can do this by leaving lights on when you go out during the evening or making sure you open curtains when you leave for work in the morning. If you are concerned about your home when going on holiday, then you can think about installing timers to switch on lights in your home at a certain time of the day.
Get Friendly with Neighbours
This might seem like a strange way to keep your home secure, but getting to know your neighbours can actually help to keep your home secure. It’s more than likely that your neighbours are also concerned about home security and would be more than happy to keep a vigilant eye out. It might transpire that your neighbours work late or night shifts so they’re at home during the day. You can also ask them to keep an eye out for suspicious activity when you are on holiday and offer to do the same for them. This can even involve asking them to take the bins out or bring them in and vice versa.
There are also some other ways that you can secure your home of course, although these might cost you a bit more than just your time. We have put together a list of some of the other top tips for securing your home that can help give you peace of mind. Some top security tips include;
- Install Outdoor Lighting – this often comes with a timer or sensor for movement
- Set Up a Security System – Yale are a popular brand but look for one to suit your home
- Consider Cameras – installing security cameras can also capture suspicious activity
- Use a Safe – keep your most valuable belongings protected with a safe