Back to work? Then make burglars’ minds work overtime
As more of us leave our households behind for a day in the office, the prospect of empty properties is likely to prove too tempting for burglars.
Improving your home security is a DIY task worth definitely worth doing as you face the prospect of more time away from your property. Here’s some advice on how to prepare your home for your return to the workplace.
Keep up appearances
Keeping your alarm box and CCTV equipment in good order shows thieves you’re on the case and checking it regularly. If you have a dated security system, consider installing a new one before you go back to work. With advances in technology, now could be the time to look at smart alarms and locks, as well as wireless cameras, which allow you to keep an eye on your property whenever you are.
Smart alarms give you the freedom to configure, control and receive alerts via a smartphone, smartwatch or tablet when you’re in the office, while smart locks let you share virtual keys with family members and friends, check the lock’s status, and remotely unlock your front door. You’ll never have to worry about whether you remembered to lock up during the morning rush again!
Outdoor and indoor security cameras are much more affordable than they once were and, thanks to wireless technology, they are easier to install. There are various cameras on the market that connect to your Wi-Fi, giving you access to live images from inside your home while you’re out. Some even have a two-way talk functionality, meaning you can check-in and tell the kids to put the kettle on as you leave the office for the day.
Remember to always put away tools and ladders after you have used them. If you’ve left these lying around outside after tackling lockdown DIY projects, they could be used to break into your home; locking them away with a padlock and security cable in a shed or garage is ideal.
When choosing a padlock, you need to consider the value placed on the property to be protected, size and strength of the device to which the padlock will be fitted, and the environment in which the padlock is to be used; always check the corrosion rating if the padlock is to be used outdoors. Also make sure all outbuildings, garages, sheds and gates are secure.