Improving the Security of Your Home
No homeowner wants to find themselves in a situation where their property has been broken into and valuable items stolen. Unfortunately, burglary is a serious problem in some areas and being the victim of this sort of crime can be very distressing. To reduce the likelihood of a burglary taking place, there are all sorts of measures you can take to ensured that your property is protected against unwanted visitors.
Windows and Doors
When the house is empty, windows and doors must be secured. Make sure that you have strong, durable locks on all outside doors. The Metropolitan Police advise that front doors are fitted with 5 lever mortice deadlocks and that all letterboxes are fitted with internal cover plates. On a hot day when it is tempting to leave your windows open when you’re not at home, burglars can view this as a prime opportunity. Don’t allow your property to be vulnerable and remember that ground-floor windows should always be double glazed so they can’t be broken as easily. It can also be a big deterrent to potential burglars if you have a sturdy gate outside your home. Sliding gates are very popular with security-conscious homeowners, so look for a company that provides quality solutions, like Barrier Components.
Involve Your Kids
Making your children aware of home security is very important. You shouldn’t frighten them unnecessarily, especially if they are very young, but telling kids not to answer the door to uninvited strangers is a simple and effective strategy. Teenagers should be asked to check in when they leave or arrive at the house so you know when it’s going to be empty. If you make a nightly round of checking that windows and doors are secured, you can involve children in this to make them aware of the importance of locking up before bed.
Whether you have a dog or not, it can be a good idea to buy a sign suggesting that you do. A ‘beware of the dog’ plaque is inexpensive and can make burglars think twice before targeting your property. If you’re going on holiday, make sure that your property doesn’t look empty. You can fake your presence by having a trusted friend or neighbour pop in each day to water plants and raise or lower blinds as necessary.
If there is a Neighbourhood Watch in your area, consider joining it. These programs built community spirit and encourage neighbours to look out for one another’s properties. They can also increase the value of homes in local areas. If there isn’t one already, you can always start a program. Your local police department will have details on this.
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