Taking steps to improve your home security is a good idea for several reasons. You’ll feel safer, for a start, and will reduce the risk of a burglary or break-in. Security measures like robust windows and doors will also protect against the spread of fire. More so, your insurance company will appreciate any measures you take to ramp up your home security, resulting in cheaper premiums. With all this in mind, here are some simple guidelines to take note of…
Protect your windows
- Ft window locks to all downstairs windows, and to any on the upper floors if they could be easily accessed, for example by climbing onto a flat roof.
- Think about what can be seen through your windows from outside. Avoid keeping items such as cash, electronics or other valuables in close proximity to your windows, as these could be very tempting to an opportunistic passer-by.
- Be sure to put away any ladders or other objects that could be used by a burglar to gain access to upper floors.
- If any windows or locks are broken they should be repaired or replaced at once. You may not need to fork out for the cost of a full replacement if the window can be repaired instead, so seek expert advice. At Just Windows and Doors we offer replacement window locks as part of our comprehensive double glazing repair service.
- Always shut and lock all your windows whenever you leave the house – even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Secure your doors
- Make sure that all your external doors – and their frames – are robust and in good condition. Any doors that appear weak will be vulnerable to forcing by intruders.
- Keep your doors locked and bolted when you leave the house and at night while you are asleep. A combination of both locks and bolts is very effective in preventing forced entry. If you’re not sure your existing locks are adequate, check this useful information from the Metropolitan Police or ask a locksmith for advice.
- Patio doors can put home security in jeopardy if they are not properly protected against break-ins. Ensure that your patio doors are lockable and that you always secure them before going out.
Change your habits
If you’d like to improve your home security, it all depends on maintaining good habits and being aware of security risks at all times. Here are some measures that you and the other members of your household can take to protect your property:
- Lock doors and windows every time you leave the house, and do not keep spare keys in obvious hiding places – these will be found by intruders.
- Keep valuables out of sight and preferably stored in a locked safe or other secure place.
- Light the exterior of your property so that any intruders will be easily visible from the outside.
- Follow police advice on burglary prevention.