Ah, ’tis the season of goodwill to all men. It is also high season for burglaries, as those fiendish criminals know that homes will be packed to the gunnels with brand new items that are easy to sell on like phones, tablets, perfume, jewellery, alcohol and other luxury items.
Don’t fall victim at this time. Take a good long look at your home security, and you can prevent the worst from happening.
Home security starts outside the house. Is your property adequately lit? Motion sensor activated lighting is a good preventative measure, but please make sure the sensor it set up correctly, so as not to bathe your neighbours in 50 gigawatts of light every time someone walks past your house. Make sure any shrubs or bushes obscuring a potential break in point are pruned back, so burglars have nowhere to hide. Secure ladders and tools away, so you are not helping an intruder to help himself to your stuff. Is your shed or outside store a secure place for tools? Consider beefing up the quality of the locks, a cheap padlock is just not adequate.
Once your outside is secure, move inside the property and check that all windows and door locks are up to the standard required by your home contents insurance policy. Consider asking a reputable local locksmith to come round for a security survey. A colleague of mine, a Chesterfield Locksmith, offers this service for free.
Burglaries via uPVC doors is on the rise in the UK. If you have this type of doors fitted, you need to upgrade your cylinders to the latest 3 star rated cylinders to keep out unwanted guests.
Sliding patio doors are a weak spot. They require additional locking bolts fitted top and bottom. All windows should have key operated locks.
Ensure that you do not hang keys or just drop them on a shelf in the hallway. Thieves can steal these via the letterbox and simply let themselves in or drive off in your vehicle. Consider installing a key safe to secure all the residents’ keys safely out of site.
We hope this article has been of some help. Have a very Merry Christmas.Comments Off