Top Tips on Residential Security
Taking place in October, National Home Security Month is a nationwide campaign designed to raise awareness around all aspects of home security by offering advice, information and support.
Did you know… Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures! Despite this alarming statistic, 25% of Brits admit to having no home security at all!
Burglars are opportunists. They notice areas of weakness such as open windows, poor quality door locks and vulnerable outbuildings. Don’t get caught out, learn how to keep your home protected for total peace of mind.
- Ensure external timber doors are secured with a mortice lock and/or nightlatch that meet British Standard BS3621. If you have a PVC-u or composite door, consider upgrading the cylinder to a British Standard, TS007 Kitemarked model.
- All windows, upstairs and down, should be fitted with at least one appropriate key-operated lock.
- The most commonly stolen items in domestic burglaries are electrical devices, jewellery, and cash. Keep these protected in a home safe that is securely bolted to the floor.
- Don’t make the perimeter around your property easy to access. Secure gates with a heavy-duty, weatherproof padlock, trim hedges for improved visibility and make sure fences are in good repair.
By installing simple security measures that meet the required British standard, you can reduce home insurance premiums by up to 5%.
The future is smart, and smart security is making the way we live easier. The rise of automated homes means this week we’ll be looking at the latest security gadgets available to protect your home. From Smart Door Locks to Smart Home Alarms, CCTV kits and IP Cameras, we’ve got it covered!
- No more lost keys! Consider a smart lock that gives you secure access via PIN code, key card, key-tag, remote fob, or smartphone. You can even keep track of who comes and goes through your front door when the lock is connected to a smart hub system.
- Get instant alerts from your smart home alarm. These can now send notifications, emails and even images to your smartphone when triggered by motion.
- CCTV systems and IP Cameras allow remote viewing of your property from any location using a smartphone app. Recorded footage can also be saved on a computer and used as police evidence in the event of a break-in.
- Invest in a Digital Door Viewer to see who is at your door before opening it, and significantly reduce your chances of falling victim to a distraction burglary.
Use automatic timer-switches to turn lights and radios on or off when you’re out to make your property appear occupied
Long Dark Nights
Research shows that when the clocks go back, burglaries spike by a huge 38%! With this in mind, week four is dedicated to securing the great outdoors where burglars could be hiding under the cover of darkness.
- As the weather cools, don’t leave ladders, tools or garden furniture lying around outside. Lock these items away with a heavy-duty, weatherproof padlock. For extra peace of mind, secure individual items with anchor locks and cables.
- Security lighting not only increases visibility, but also acts as a great deterrent for those thieves who are shy in the spotlight.
- For 24 hour protection, ensure your CCTV system has infrared LED night vision, enabling you to keep an eye on your property around the clock.
- Protect your boundaries by securing any gates or fencing, preventing them from breaking in high winds and becoming vulnerable to burglars.
Mark your property with your postcode and house number and register items for free with Immobilise, the UK’s National Property Register. This makes it easier for police to return stolen items.
Halloween & Bonfire Night
The Halloween and Bonfire Night period is statistically the worst time of year for burglaries, with domestic damage skyrocketing by 160%! As a result, NHSM will be going out with a bang, providing seasonal advice to make sure you’re set to beat the midnight monsters.
- Ensure you lock your doors and windows when going out for the evening. A startling 20% of us admit to leaving our front doors unlocked, therefore making us vulnerable to theft.
- To prevent any unsolicited ‘tricks’, invest in a letterplate restrictor to stop thieves from fishing keys or accessing the door lock.
- If you do not want to be disturbed over the Halloween period, display a preventative ‘No Trick or Treaters’ sign on your front door (available from most local police constabularies).
Don’t share your plans for the festivities on social media until after the event. Burglars can use this information to know when your home will be left empty and vulnerable.