Having just got back from a working holiday to Greece, it seems like now is a good time to talk about home security. We all have locks on our doors and windows, but are they enough to stop an intruder entering our homes? They should be, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.
Perhaps you have never been burgled and therefore upping your security hasn’t crossed your mind. So, why is now the perfect time to do it then? Basically now is better than after – if you wait until after you have been burgled to add security to your house, it is too late. It is better to be safe than sorry, and for the sake of a few hundred pounds, you will have piece of mind that you have done everything you can to protect your family and irreplaceable belongings.
Your home is the place you should feel safest, and therefore a burglary won’t only rob you of your belongings, it will rob you of the sense of security that your home once provided. You won’t only lose your expensive TV, the laptop that contains all your memories and that item of jewellery that has been handed down through several generations of your family – but you will feel vulnerable and frightened in your own house.
We may think it will never happen to us but, the Office for National Statistics figures on recorded crime show there were 392,341 burglaries in 2014-15, while Home Office data shows 54,466 arrests were made for burglaries. Whilst the number of burglaries had fallen from the previous year, the lack of arrests is due to the fact there is not enough evidence.
A security system could be a deterrent in itself, if a potential burglar were to come across your house, but if it weren’t, the trigger of a loud alarm should be enough. So, before you do anything else, here are a few ways you can secure your home:
Don’t hide keys outside the house
New research has found that thousands of families are burgled each year by thieves using poorly hidden house keys. Official police figures show more than 6,000 burglaries in 2014 involved intruders using keys to gain access to the property, as opposed to breaking and entering. These were found under plant pots or doormats.
Strengthen windows and doors
Intruders are likely to try entering your home through the doors or windows before they take a more complicated route, so this is the first place you need to strengthen. Firstly, make sure you always lock all your doors and windows and then ensure you secure the doors with deadbolts. Check out Security Direct – where you can find roller shutters that will add an extra level of security to your doors and windows for ultimate peace of mind.
Install an alarm system
An alarm system may not prevent the actual break in from happening, but it is highly likely to halt the intruder in their tracks and stop them before they do any damage. Use signs near entrances to warn potential burglars that you do have an alarm system – as many will avoid these, choosing instead to target unprotected homes.