Your home is your castle and is the one place you really expect to feel secure in. Follow our tips and advice on protecting your home, your possessions and, more importantly, your family.
The best form of home security and a sure-fire way of significantly reducing the risk of burglary is to have an intruder alarm fitted. Displaying a bell box outside your house tells burglars your property is protected and will discourage break- ins. But make sure your alarm is always activated as some insurers won’t pay out if you have an alarm system that isn’t turned on if a burglary occurs.
It may sound a bit like ‘Big Brother’ but more and more homeowners are using CCTV systems to protect their property and keep it under surveillance 24 hours a day. You can choose from standard CCTV cameras with or without infrared vision or covert ‘spy’ cameras hidden in everyday gadgets. Synchronize your security system with your mobile phone, pc or iPad and you can keep an eye on your property while you’re on the go.
Always leave some lights on if your house is unattended at night.. Put some lights on a timer and save on your electricity bills. Install sensory exterior lights that are activated when they sense movement. A burglar will most likely get scared off once their cover of darkness is lifted.
Make sure you have dead bolts on exterior doors and safety catches on windows. It’s a simple way of improving home security but is often overlooked.