Criminals almost always go after the easiest targets, so by taking just a few steps to make your home safer, you can make it much less likely you’ll fall victim.
Here are some of the best ways to keep safe:
1. Secure your boundaries
It may sound obvious, but keeping your doors locked is the best way to keep opportunistic burglars out. That includes locking the front door when you’re in the garden, and keeping sheds and garages safely locked up. It’s especially important to keep outbuildings secure if they contain ladders and tools that would help someone break into your home.
Also, make sure that your fences and gate are in a good state of repair. Strong fences are an extra defence in themselves, but they do more than that. If a burglar is looking for a property to break into then the one with old, weak fences will look like an easier target.
2. Don’t leave temptation on display
Many burglaries are opportunistic and so hiding anything tempting is important. Keep car keys out of sight, don’t display Christmas presents under trees, and don’t put packaging for your expensive purchases right next to the bin (especially not outside); always think about what you’re showing someone snooping around.
It’s often convenient to leave your purse or wallet sitting with the car keys on a surface next to a door or window, but by doing so you’re almost making it too easy for a burglar to snatch them.
3. Install a safe
If you have items of particular value then consider buying a safe for extra protection and attach it securely to a solid surface. These have come down in price and are a great additional level of security for smaller precious items and documents.
4. Buy a new-build property
One of the benefits of buying a new home is that they are usually built with the latest security measures in mind. Older properties may have weaker windows, doors and locks, while a newly constructed property will be built to the latest building regulations and so will often be harder for a thief to gain entry to.
Most of our new build properties come equipped with a number of security measures designed to keep you safe at home, including:
- Keyless Egress door locks which do not require keys to unlock from the inside making for a quick exit in the event of an emergency
- Windows fitted with locks that require a key and lockable fire escapes
- Carbon monoxide & smoke detectors installed in the most effective places in the home
- Burglar alarms that include infra-red detectors, remote control touch pads and panic buttons available as an optional upgrade
It’s also important to note that many new build developments are built and plotted with safety and security in mind. This includes high levels of visibility from homes, as well as the streets being designed to keep speed to below 20mph.
5. Install lighting
A lot of burglars take advantage of the darker days of winter, so installing security lights can make their task harder and could be enough to put off a casual thief. The Met Police say that burglars are much less likely to break into a home where there is external lighting.
6. Join (or set up) a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
If your local area is signed up to an official Neighbourhood Watch scheme then your home will be safer, thieves should be deterred by the signs and your home insurance premiums will be reduced.