According to the Police, homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to become a target for burglars than those who take simple security precautions. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your home’s security but aren’t sure what to do or haven’t gotten round to it yet, read our guide to improving security in your property.
Replace old windows and doors
While you might think your traditional windows and external doors look fine, they could be easily compromised when it comes to security as locking mechanisms age. Modern doors are generally considered more robust and harder to force open so it’s a worthwhile security investment as well as aesthetics.
Keep windows locked
Most people are wise enough to keep their doors locked even when they’re in to prevent sneak thieves from entering, but have you thought about your windows? Make sure you remember to lock windows -not just close them- when you leave the property and before you go to bed. An unlocked window is just another opportunity for a thief.
Take care with your spare key
It can be tempting to leave a front door key outside somewhere in case of an emergency but hiding it under a plant pot won’t stop a burglar. Instead, give a spare key to someone you trust in case they need to enter the property while you’re not in or in an emergency situation.
Change your alarm code
Installing an alarm system is a good idea if you don’t already have one as they will deter thieves from attempting to break in or will alert you to the presence of intruders. If you do have an alarm, when was the last time you changed the security code? Changing this regularly lowers the chance of a thief obtaining access to the code. It’s also wise to ensure you only share it with people who will genuinely need it and never write it down. There’s no point in having an alarm if a burglar is able to access the code and disarm it themselves.