Can you put a price on safety and security? Especially if you are a family, as parents, you want to make sure that your children are completely safe in their own home at all times. And even when they’re playing in the garden!
We’ll look at:
- Securing your doors
- Locking your windows
- Outdoor lighting for your garden
- Securing your garage
- Home security systems
That’s why we’ve put together the top 5 ways to secure your home, for you to take away and make sure your home is fully safe and secure to prevent intruders.
Secure your doors
Don’t help a burglar stroll through the front door! Doors are at the heart of your home’s security and you need to ensure that your exterior doors are strong so that the only visitors you have, are the welcome ones. Inspect your exterior doors to make sure the door frames are strong, the hinges are protected and you have a multi-locking system ensuring nobody is getting in through lock snapping, picking or bumping.
Not only are Progress Windows composite doors installed with a reinforced door frame, but they are also secured with a multi-point lock with two hooks, two finger bolts and a deadbolt.
Tip: Remember not to neglect any sliding door or back doors.
Lock the windows
Doors and windows are the most common entry points for burglars. Unfortunately, the latches on older windows can be quite flimsy. However important windows are to the style of your house, the security they offer is even more important. The more confident you feel inside your home, the happier you will be. Ensure your windows are fitted with the Yale shootbolt high security locking systems.
Progress only fit the most secure windows on the market; backed by a £1000 Yale security cash back guarantee in the unlikely event of a break-in.
Windows fitted with toughened or laminated glass will offer you and your family that extra layer of protection.
Tip: Have a check around the house and replace any broken panes
Light up your garden
Keep burglars and vandals at bay with plenty of outdoor lighting. Criminals do not like being in the spotlight, so lighting around your front and back yards, along pathways and near your garage, will make them a little nervous.
Motion-activated lights or using a timer, will not only deter burglars but also make pathways safer for you to navigate in the dark.
Tip: Plant a thorny (well kept) bush under 1st-floor windows
Secure your garage
It is strange how many people don’t secure their shed or garage in the same way that they do their homes. Garages often end up with an old rusty padlock on it (if one at all) protecting the contents, and even if your garage doesn’t house your car, lawnmower, bike etc, it most likely will have the tools to help a burglar gain access into the house.
Make sure garage doors are solid and secured with a strong lock.
Tip: If you have a remote garage door opener, consider leaving in it in the house, rather than in the car.
Home security systems
There are a variety of intruder alarms, surveillance equipment and sensor systems to help protect your property, for every budget and every level of protection. Along with secure doors and windows, a well fitted burglar system is a worthwhile investment.
Tip: Have a look at the Which? website for guidelines (be sure to have a read through our 5-star reviews!)