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10 Top Tips To Improve Your Home Security

Making sure your home is as secure as possible can seem daunting, but there are a few simple things everyone can do to improve their domestic security.

Burglar alarms

1. Installing a burglar alarm in a visible place is a good start. Studies reveal that your home is far less likely to be targeted if you have one.

Neighbourhood Watch

2. Joining a Neighbourhood Watch programme is not only a great way to feel safe, but also a great way to meet people in your area, providing you with a greater sense of community. Most programmes send email updates with details of incidents in your local area, and safety tips from the local police.

Windows and Doors

3. Windows and doors are the entry and exit routes for would-be burglars, and so remember to close and lock them whenever you leave your home, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Always try to avoid leaving valuables, home, or car keys near these entry points.

4. Windows on ground level and in accessible areas should ideally be made of toughened glass or double-glazed, and should be fitted with good quality locks. It is recommended that all doors should be a minimum of 45mm thick, be fitted with a five-lever mortice deadlock and have a strong frame. A spy hole, door chain and internal cover for the letterbox are also encouraged.

5. Invest in a smart doorbell such as Ring for an extra layer of door protection. With custom motion sensors, infrared night vision, and live video and audio, you can ward off untrustworthy individuals even when you're not at home.

Lighting

6. Lighting up your home is a useful and simple deterrent. Fitting an external security light and timer switches for indoor lights are simple ways of enhancing home security.

Garden

7. Check for ‘weak spots’ in your garden, like a sagging fence or a weak gate lock. Consider using gravel for pathways as it’s impossible to walk on it without making a sound.

8. Solid wooden garden gates offer easy access for thieves, as they are sturdy and easy to climb. Ornamental iron gates are a far more effective deterrent as they are harder to climb and intruders can be seen through them. It’s also wise to try and use at least two locks on any gate.

9. Back gardens are the most vulnerable part of a house, being tucked away and normally out of sight. Fences can offer vital protection. Aim for a two-metre high fence topped with 30 to 45cms of trellising. The trellising can’t support a person’s weight, and so the risk of making a noise or causing physical harm is a great deterrent.

10. Garden sheds are a popular target for thieves, and should not be overlooked. Aim to secure your door with at least one heavy-duty hasp and closed-shackle padlock, along with coach-bolt fixings through the door and frame.

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