It is worth considering this information on Home Security Advice to minimise your risk of a burglary.
Visible security risks like broken windows, rusted or broken locks and chains, cracked glass panes and rotten frames or sills are opportunities burglars will seek out. It is essential to replace or repair such risks in order to deter opportunistic thieves.
Ensure that your door locks are engaged when you leave your property and overnight (ensure mortice lock is utilised and multipoint locks are engaged and locked).
There are new technologies emerging all the time – “Smart Homes”. There are Apps to control alarms, cameras, locks, heating, lighting, curtains, cookers and other appliances. It is particularly security relevant for alarms, cameras locks, lighting and curtains controlling access and looking like the property is occupied.
MAINTAIN THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOME
Keep hedges, trees and bushes trimmed so that they do not become a cover for would be burglars. It might be worth considering exterior motion sensor lighting to deter them. Gravel drives make noise too.
COMMON SENSE – DON’T MAKE IT EASY FOR THIEVES
Make sure any tools and items like ladders (that could be used to break in) are locked away safely. Don’t leave your key under anything near the door, easy for thieves. Leave a with trusted neighbour or have a key safe installed.
You might consider when your locks were last replaced, because past owners or tenants may still have access to your home and someone might have copied keys without your knowledge.
Maintain your home exterior, locks and grounds at all times and consider other options to secure your property. Please phone If you require any more information or home security advice.