Securing your home comprehensively is no longer an option, it’s a necessity. But, securing your home does not have to involve state-of-the-art security systems that cost a fortune. You can make simple, practical changes to your home to enjoy comprehensive security.
Understand your neighbourhood
This is not an addition, but it is the first and most important step in devising security measures for your home.
Some areas are known for their high crime rates, others rarely record-breaking and entering cases. If you are moving into a new location, even if it’s only a few blocks away, find out what the burglary and home robbery rate are like.
Areas with a significant concentration of unemployed youth are usually susceptible to home security breaches.
But remember, even in areas where burglary and robbery are rare, the one occasion may just be on your property.
Privacy helps security
Open buildings may be convenient but they are not ideal for security. Get a reputable builder to add gates and fences of reasonable height to your home.
Make sure your gates are sturdy and keep them closed all the time. When people cannot freely have a view of the inside of your home, they are generally deterred by the mystery.
Make sure your back garden is fenced, too.
Give your windows due consideration
Many homeowners are particular about their doors, but windows remain the most common entry point for burglars and robbers. Their fragility makes them a relatively soft target.
While you may be attracted to certain styles and makes of windows, security must be at the top of your mind when making window installations.
Thankfully, there are already UK regulations governing security in windows and you should ensure that the windows you fit meet minimum BSI security requirements.
Some windows carry the Window Film or the Secured by Design logo. This generally means that they are made with materials that are highly-resistant to smashing and other forms of security breach on windows.
Change all locks
“If you are moving into a new home or you have experienced a security breach before, change all the locks in your home. You do not know who had access to your home during construction or after a break-in”, says Steve at the reputable locks firm Prime Alert – The London Locksmiths.
Ensure to only enlist the services of a reputable local locksmith that is approved by your local authority.
Also, ask the locksmith to add extra security fittings to your doors and windows. If you cannot afford electronic access control, some reputable locksmiths can provide you with mechanical security enhancements that will go a long way. Visit the KC Worthing Locksmiths website for more information on locks and security systems.
Flood Your Perimeter with Light
Get an electrician to install lights in the front, sides and back of your home. This will not only serve as a deterrent to miscreants but also help you to see movements on your property and report anything suspicious.
You can get valuable help on hiring tradesmen in general from this article.
Whatever your considerations, the security of your home should not be compromised. You can take these practical steps today to enjoy comprehensive, affordable security.