This week marks the start of National Home Security Month (NHSM), a Yale initiative that we support every year as we believe promoting home security is becoming more important than ever in today’s increasingly technology driven world.
Whether it be securing your home whilst you’re on holiday, out for the evening or even just whilst you’re sleeping – we’ve got advice on keeping your most expensive asset safe.
Here are 8 tips you should consider when maximising the security of your home:
1.This may seem an obvious one – but don’t leave downstairs windows open and unsecured overnight, however hot the temperature is. Sash windows in particular are easy to sneak through without the relevant security. Try our Locking Secure Stops for example – they’re insurance company compliant.
2.It’s not just securing your home externally, if you have small children you may be Kindagard interested in ensuring your hinges are guarded to prevent fingers being trapped. It’s easily done but also easily prevented – Kindagard is a great option.
3.Don’t leave tools and ladders in your garden – you’re just making it easier for opportunist thieves to use these tools to enter your home. It’s easy to become complacent and think tools are secured in a shed or hidden a garden, however if a burglar wants to gain entry to your garden, they will and they’ll use any available tools they can find.
4.Use interior door hinges where you can on external doors to prevent intruders taking the pins out of the hinges. This style is often a great interior design featured, but it also compromises safety in the home Interior Door Hinge and should be reversed wherever possible.
5.Consider investing in a smart lighting system, something that will automatically switch lights on when you’re not in the house. Timers have been around for years, but with the introduction of ‘smart home’ systems, it’s possible to set when your lights come on, all from your mobile phone.
6.You may have heard the old rumour that burglars won’t enter a child’s room when looking for loot – but unfortunately this isn’t true. If you’re going away on holiday, don’t automatically rush to hide all of your valuables under your children’s beds before you go away. Lock away anything valuable if you can.
7.An increasingly popular method of home security is by installing cameras around the
exterior of your property. Working in a similar way to the previous tip, they can be controlled via your mobile phone and sensors can alert you to unusual activity on your property.
8.Be wary of window security when you have a flat roof below – you may think the window is secure as it’s on the first floor but flat roofs provide easy access to a window. By using some of the tips above and ensuring the window is always locked, you can increase the security in an area such as this – take a look at the Cam Lock Fastener.
We hope our tips help you to secure your property this Winter, we offer an extensive range of security products for both sash and casement timber windows that can help you with your safety mission and we’re always available to talk you through the installation processes. Just give our friendly sales team a call on 01905 791876.