Home security tips

Remember that the majority of burglaries are conducted by ‘opportunist’ thieves who may be passing by and see an open window, a property that appears empty or has no evident protection, or where there is natural ‘cover’ so they won’t be spotted.

Because audible alarms depend to some part on someone being nearby to hear them, they are less effective in distant regions. 

To operate as a visual deterrent, the alarm sounder box should be mounted in a conspicuous location on the front of your property.

To comply with your insurance coverage, ask your insurance provider what sort of alarm they suggest.

False alarm activations may be an irritant to your neighbours and a waste of police resources if they are not maintained on a regular basis.

‘Dusk to Dawn’ lighting is recommended. Lighting your home gives the message to a possible robber that you have taken security precautions.

Use timer switches on inside lights to make it seem as though someone is at home by turning them on and off automatically.

Using a timed switch to imitate a TV and/or radio during the dark nights is an affordable approach to create the impression that someone is home.

At least one lock should be installed on all exterior doors. This should be a Euro profile lock to TS007 standard (‘Three Star’ for complete protection) for uPVC or composite doors. At least two mortice locks that fulfil British Standard BS3621 should be installed on external timber doors.

If locks need to be changed, examine the state of the door and frame. It may be more cost-effective to replace the door and frame with a PAS 24-2012 door and frame that is more durable.

To double-lock an uPVC door, you must raise the handle and crank the lock.

Patio doors might be a security risk. To keep sliding patio doors from being lifted off of their tracks, an anti-lift mechanism might be fitted. Patio door locks should also fulfil the aforementioned requirements.
To safeguard your house, window locks are highly advised for all windows.

Install a’spy hole’ or electronic door viewer if your front door does not have a window or other means of verifying who is calling.

To prevent burglars from using the letterbox to open the door, install a letterbox restrictor or deflector plate.

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