Home Security

Your home is your refuge and as such the importance of protecting your home against unwanted visitors cannot be overstated. Read through the advice we give here to see if you can improve your safety at home:

  • Check that all doors and windows are locked before leaving your home.
  • Have deadlocks fitted to all your outside doors.
  • Remember, if you have a UPVC door, lift the handle to engage the locking points and then lock it securely with the key.
  • Make sure the windows have key locks fitted – and don’t leave the key in the lock.
  • Don’t keep your house-, car- or spare keys in an obvious place, and never leave keys near the front door.
  • Fit an alarm and switch it on.
  • Look like you’re in when you’re out – set timer switches to turn lights and radios on and off.
  • Make sure your valuables can’t be seen through the windows.
  • Cut back overgrown hedges behind which a burglar could hide.
  • Cut off any strong tree branches which someone could use to reach upstairs windows.
  • Make sure all garden tools are locked away – burglars could use your own garden equipment to force a door or window.
  • Consider installing sensor lights.
  • Lock gates, fit high fences and grow prickly plants.
  • If you’re going on holiday cancel milk and papers and ask someone you trust to pick up post and keep an eye on your home.
  • Mark all your valuables so that if your home is burgled you stand a better chance of getting them back.
  • If windows and doors are at street level, don’t leave them open while you’re upstairs or in the garden.