How to secure your home when you’re away

Home security is much more than just locking your doors and windows when leaving your home. Burglars are continually using new methods and techniques to gain entry to you home and so we must evolve and change our behaviours to counteract such threats.

1. Upgrading your locks
If you have standard security locks on your front and back doors, you should consider upgrading these to higher security locks which meet British standards set by the British Standards Institute. Higher security locks are made using more durable materials and incorporating designs such as anti-drill pins, bump-proof pins, and sacrificial sections which make these locks snap, pick, bump and drill resistant.

2. Add extra security
It’s better to be safe than sorry and there is no such thing as too much security. To increase the security of your home you could:
• Ensure your windows have adequate locks and are double glazed.
• Buy a medium-sized safe and hide it out of sight.
• Have London and Birmingham bars installed on the frames of your door. This increases the door’s resistance to forced entry.

3. Alarm system
If possible, it is a great idea to invest in a modern alarm system. Modern alarm systems use wireless technology to send a message directly to your smartphone when your alarm has been triggered. Another benefit of such a system is the alarm box and the deterrent effect it has, deterring thieves from attempting a break in.

CCTV is also an excellent option. Modern systems use wireless technology similar to the alarm systems to send you a streamed video of your home directly to your smartphone, if the sensors have been triggered.

5. Outdoor lighting
This is especially relevant to people who live in semi-detached homes and homes with a garden shed or garage. We recommend motion sensor lighting which triggers the light when the sensor detects movement. These lights can startle thieves and act as a deterrent. Install the lights near any entrance or window which is not already illuminated but existing lighting.

6. Interior lighting
Burglars usually tend to target buildings which look unoccupied, so by making your home look occupied you seriously decrease the chances of a possible break in. This can be achieved with plug timers allowing you to set time for lights and other appliances such as TVs and radios to turn on and off, making it seem to the outside world someone is home.

7. Use common sense
The first aim is to keep burglars outside but you should also prepare for the worst to happen and for a burglar to gain entry.
• Ensure you keep your jewellery, money and any other small valuables out of sight in a draw or under your bed perhaps.
• Keep your curtains closed when leaving your home, so opportunist thieves cannot see.
• Keep your garden tidy and store all your tools and valuables either in your home or in a secured shed or garage.
It takes no time at all and can make a big difference.

8. Talk to your neighbours, friends and family
If you are going away for a while on holiday for example you should inform your neighbour and ask if they can just keep an eye on your home while your away.
You could also ask a trusted neighbour friend or family member to hold a set of your keys and visit your home to ensure it is secure and to remove any letters, as a pile of letters is a clear signal that no one I home and I vulnerable to a break in.

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ITCC Lockmsiths

This article was written by ITCC Locksmiths – a London based family run Locksmith company, headquartered in Sidcup with locksmiths located all over London.