With the summer holidays within reach and many families planning getaways, there is so much to think about but one crucial area that is often overlooked during this busy period is tightening up your home security.
Perhaps you’ve recently moved into a new property and have always meant to get round to changing the locks, but can never quite find the time. Or you’ve always wanted to fit a home alarm, but you feel a bit daunted by all the different options available.
The good news is, there are some really simple steps you can take to make your home more secure. Working in conjunction with www.dpp-law.com, I have come up with the following tips for keeping your home safe this summer:
1. Changing the locks on all your external doors is a quick and easy job that will not break the bank. By simply upgrading the rim cylinder in your nightlatch, or the euro profile cylinder in a multi-point lock, you can be assured that your new home has the very latest security protection for added peace of mind.
Nightlatches are used on external timber doors and a good way of improving your security is by fitting a rim cylinder that meets the British Standard (look for the Kitemark on lock packs and the lock itself).
2. If you have a PVCu or composite door, then you can upgrade the euro profile cylinder in your multi-point lock to a British Standard cylinder (again, look for the Kitemark on lock packs and on the lock itself). This is also an easy DIY job and will ensure the cylinder in your PVCu or composite door complies with the latest British Standard.
3. Another easy DIY job to improve your home security is to fit a wireless home alarm. As well as providing a visual deterrent to potential burglars, alarms are vital for alerting your neighbours. Security specialist Yale’s wirefree alarm kits are quick and easy to install and offer discreet protection for all types of properties, from flats to large family homes.
4. More quirky tips include: leaving your lights on self-timers to trick would-be thieves into thinking the property is occupied and trimming hedges to ensure burglars can’t easily hide outside your property. Many people think displaying a ‘Beware of the Dog’ sign is a good idea to deter potential burglars. However, most savvy thieves will take this as a sign that if there is an alarm fitted on the property, it probably isn’t in use.