Is Your Home As Secure As You Thought It Was?

It is easy to sit inside a warm, comfortable house and believe that all is well with the world. If you have taken a lot of time and care in furnishing your home then you no doubt feel better there than anywhere else.

However, this feeling of comfort can lead to a false sense of security. Even if your home is attractive inside this is no guarantee that it is as secure as you hope. Let’s see what you can do to make it a tougher prospect for thieves.

Increase the Security

There are quite a few things you can do now to increase your levels of home security. This includes adding better locks; fitting a modern burglar alarm and making sure that you never leave doors unlocked. Your first step should be to assess the standard of the protection your property currently has. If the locks, for example, are of a low standard than this is something which burglars will be able to exploit easily.  As regards a burglar alarm; a big name, reputable firm such as ADT will give you an extensive selection to choose from.

Cut Out the Weak Points

Most homes have vulnerable spots but in the majority of cases the homeowner isn’t even aware of them. The starting point is therefore to identify these weak areas. The simplest way to do this is by viewing your home as a burglar might do. This means walking around it at night and seeing what possible points of entry are on offer. You might be shocked at what you find but that it far better than being shocked by an intruder entering your home. You should be able to solve most issues reasonably simple, either by fixing something, adding more lights or choosing better security such as that mentioned in the previous point.

Be Aware

No matter how good your home’s security is, you will still need to be aware of potential dangers. This doesn’t mean that you need to live behind a twitching curtain but it does mean being vigilant and knowing when there is suspicious activity in the neighbourhood. Setting up a neighbourhood watch scheme is a great idea, and you might find that there are plenty of other people in the street who have been thinking about the same thing. Another great idea is to look at fitting a CCTV system. These let you monitor goings on in your property without any hassle and are now easy to install and reasonably priced.

Home Security Mistakes That Attract Intruders [Guest Post]

Intruders are always on the lookout for an easy nights work. They don’t want a tough time entering a home and stealing your precious belongings, so they are always keeping an eye out for homes with poor security in place or signs of weakness in their location or quality of fittings. Here are a few mistakes that homeowners make that could cost them dearly if intruders were to spot them and target them:

Poor Quality Windows and Doors

You could have the best locks in the world on your door, but if they are not fitted well or not very strong, all it will take is applying the right amount of pressure in the right place and an intruder will be inside your home. The same goes for windows. Windows and doors to the front and back of a property should be double glazed and fitted by industry professionals so that you are guaranteed the job has been done to a high standard. If an intruder sees that your windows and doors are going to be a long, hard task, chances are they will be deterred.

Poor Quality Garage

If your garage needs maintenance of replacing, don’t put off the job. The garage is the first thing an intruder sees when he looks at your house as a possible score. If he’s looking for a weakness, and you have a poor quality garage door, there’s a very good chance he’ll be back to see just how weak it is. You can get great quality garage doors on the market that are solid and secure and last for years. It’s a very good investment and an even better thief deterrent.

No Security Systems in Place

Your home is sacred to you, so you should be doing all you can to keep it free from the eyes of burglars and thieves. Fitting a security camera and/or a top quality alarm system is likely to put off most thieves. If you are going to go through the trouble of having them fitted though, make sure you are using them properly and not just hoping that their presence will be enough to scare off intruders. You may need that CCTV footage in the future.

A Cluttered or Overgrown Garden

A garden is a good vantage point for intruders, especially if your garden is cluttered, overgrown or has a shed that is easy to gain access to. Leaving a shed open or in poor condition can give intruders plenty of ways to get into your property by smashing a window or using a ladder to gain access to a higher point. Keep your shed locked and your hedges and trees well maintained and an intruder will likely leave your home well alone.

Daley is a homeowner who works with SGG to ensure that all homes are safe and secure and protected with the best security products around.