Home Security – The Best Way to Secure Your Home
published on 08/05/2018
When you first move into your new property, home security should be at the top of your ‘to do’ list. Here are some of the ways you can secure your home. It will not only make it harder for someone to break in, but it will also give you peace of mind.
Many burglars are opportunists and a home with no security that’s easy to get into will make a good target.
The best deterrent you can have against a break-in is an alarm. There are various types available. The cheapest is the traditional bell alarm. When it is activated it will make a loud noise. The noise should draw attention to any activity taking place and a burglar will not want to hang around.
Another type of alarm will automatically ring a phone number or send a message to your smart phone. You can register more than more than one number. It will then contact a relative or friend if you’re not available.
You can also choose to have a monitoring contract with a security firm. They will alert you and the police if the alarm goes off. Many monitoring systems will include cameras inside your home. They are linked to your smartphone and you and the security company will be able to see what is going on. The images will be recorded and can be used as evidence in court.
Install lights up your pathway and over your front door. This will be a deterrent to burglars who take advantage of it being dark early in autumn and winter. You can have a system which stays on as soon as it gets dark until the morning. Or, you can install one that only lights up when someone passes by. The disadvantage of this system is that cats, dogs or foxes will also turn on the lights.
Solid doors are more secure than those with glass. Reinforced glass is a safer option than a single pane. It can’t easily be broken and will stop a thief breaking the glass to gain entry.
Fit a British Standard 5 lever mortice lock to front and back doors and make sure you use them. Burglars look for dust that has accumulated on the lock. Dust is a sign that you aren’t using the lock.
Having a spyhole fitted your front door will allow you to see who is on your doorstep before you open the door. A door entry system with a video will also enable you to see who is outside. These systems normally come with intercom. This lets you talk to the person outside without having to open the door.
Finally, another good deterrent is the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. If you have one in your area it is a good idea to join it. Neighbourhood Watch will keep you informed of any incidents in your area. Many insurance companies offer discounts on home insurance to Neighbourhood Watch members.