Getting your house broken into is one of the most terrifying things that can happen to a home owner. But are we putting in the relevant barriers to stop burglars gaining entry to our properties? A staggering 34% 1 of burglars are able to walk in an open front door, with 22% 1 gaining entry through the back door. We’ve had a look at some of the best ways to keep your home secure and avoid unwanted intruders.
Lock your doors and windows
It may seem obvious, but as mentioned above, an overwhelming amount of burglaries occur due to an unlocked door or window. Ensuring you keep your home locked up, even if you are only popping out for a minute, or are in the back garden, is a huge way to keep your home more secure.
Keeping your doors and windows locked is a great way to deter burglars, but they can still come up with inventive ways of getting through them. They may bring tools to enable them to break the lock on the door or window, or throw a large item at a weaker door to break it down. They may even go to the extreme of trying to gain access through a cat flap or dog entrance, so other added security measures are a good idea to avoid anyone getting into your home.
Keep your house occupied
Ensuring your home appears occupied is a great way to deter someone from attempting to gain access. Installing lights that go on and off on a timer both inside and outside your home is a great way to keep intruders out. To add even more security, a radio on a timer is another great way to deter burglars.
When you move into a new house, ensure you change all the locks immediately to ensure you are the soul owners of keys that’s can access your property. The same can be said for lost keys. If someone in the family looses their keys, the most effective option to keep your home secure is to change the locks.
If you often forget your key and like to have spare somewhere around the the outside of your property, ensure you don’t leave it in an obvious and easily accessible place that an intruder may find. Burying it in a flower bed, or in a place that would take a bit of effort to retrieve it is a much safer way than under a plat pot. Leaving a key with a neighbour is also a good way to keep a spare, as long as you fully trust your neighbours!
Leaving your key in the lock or near the front door during the night also creates a great opportunity for an intruder to gain access to your home or car. Through creative means, burglars can grab keys or bags that are close to the front door via the letter box, so ensuring you keep these items out of sight at all times will add extra security to your home.
If you have trees or shrubbery in your garden, ensure that they are not too close to your property. Large leafy plants are great places for burglars to lurk and run between when trying to gain access without being seen.
Trees close to windows are also a great way for intruders to access upper floors via windows in your home which may not be as secure as the ones on ground level.
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(1) https://www.rd.com, https://home.howstuffworks.com