Secure Your Home
Tips to Secure your Home
- Ensure that doors are locked, windows are shut and securely locked. If your windows are externally beaded then you will need to increase security.
- Have the back door locked when answering the front door, a secure ring chain lock attached to your door handle will increase the security.
- A Euro Profile Cylinder is a good investment for entry doors.
- If living in a flat or an apartment never open the main entrance door to strangers.
- Consider fitting the front door with a door viewer/peep hole or chain lock so you can see who is calling.
- Keep keys out of view – don’t leave your door/car keys where they can be seen this is a common mistake. A wire coat hanger opened into a long rod with a hook might be able to reach a key.
- Visible burglar alarms, decoy dummy boxes / cameras, locks and security lighting are excellent deterrents.
- If the entrance to your home is dark consider installing lighting with an infrared detector. Most thieves don’t want to be observed trying to get in a door.
- Leave a light on in the porch or hallway, prowlers always opt for the cover of darkness.
- If you lose your house keys, change the locks immediately.
- Do not leave valuables like your laptop or DVD player where people can see them through a window. Curtains with dark shades should be put in rooms that contain your valuable items.
- Having a dog is a major deterrent to burglars. If your don’t have one, you can always give the impression you have – simply place a ‘BEWARE OF DOG’ sign on your gate/fence.
- Downstairs is not the only way in – remember to secure extension areas, side and back entrances.