As a society, we shouldn’t live in fear. We’re lucky to live where and when we do. At the same time, we shouldn’t be complacent.
With that last point in mind, our 'Security Tips' is intended to provide you with a 10-point list to help you protect your home. The best strategy combines making your home look unattractive to thieves in the first place and then making it inaccessible to them, if they do decide to try to enter.
Apologies in advance if some of the points may seem a little obvious!
- Lock all your doors and windows when you leave your house.
- Don’t leave keys in locks, especially in patio doors where they are clearly visible from the outside of your home.
- Don’t leave keys, wallets, cash or devices such as mobile phones, tablets or laptops where they can be seen from the outside of your house.
- Ensure that ladders are properly stored out of sight and cannot be easily accessed.
- Ask for official identification of anyone calling to either sell you anything or offer you a service. If in doubt, call the police on 101 (non-emergency number).
- Think about investing in timers for your lights. In fact we advise that you consider buying a smart hub such as the Amazon Alexa or Google Home Hub (shown opposite) . It’s easy to hook up special sockets and even light bulbs to these devices which allow them to be switched remotely from an app on your phone, even when you’re not at home. We just love these hi-tec gadgets and how they can contribute to home security. There are a lot of resources on the Internet regarding smart home hubs and accessories.
- If you have an alarm, use it! Make sure you switch it on when you leave the house.
- If you're going to be away for any length of time, allow a friend access and ask them to collect your post and newspapers and cancel your milk delivery. A build up of deliveries will be an obvious indicator that you're not going to be home for a while.
- If you're going away for a more than a few days, make sure that your neighbours know. There's a good chance that they'll want to report any suspicious activity next to or opposite their house.
- If you have an alarm, make sure it's working properly!
If you'd like to talk to us about how to increase your security at home, just contact us on 01279 515776.