Week 2: Play it safe

This week is the second week of National Home Security Month, and we’re looking at the traditional home security measures that we’re all familiar with, but too often neglect, such as cylinders, padlocks and window locks.

Burglars are opportunists. They notice areas of weakness such as open windows, poor quality door locks and vulnerable outbuildings. Don’t get caught out, learn how to keep your home protected for total peace of mind.

  • Ensure external timber doors are secured with a mortice lock and/or nightlatch that meet British Standard BS3621.
  • If you have a PVC-u or composite door, consider upgrading the cylinder to a British Standard, TS007 Kitemarked model.
  • All windows, upstairs and down, should be fitted with at least one appropriate key-operated lock.
  • The most commonly stolen items in domestic burglaries are electrical devices, jewellery, and cash. Keep these protected in a home safe that is securely bolted to the floor.
  • Don’t make the perimeter around your property easy to access. Secure gates with a heavy-duty, weatherproof padlock, trim hedges for improved visibility and make sure fences are in good repair.

Top tip! By installing simple security measures that meet the required British standard, you can reduce home insurance premiums by up to 5%.

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