Quick Easy Tips for Home Security
Is your home secure?
- Securely lock all doors and shut windows before leaving the house. It’s easy to forget when you are in a hurry, but it’s the simplest way for a burglar to enter your home. Even when you are in, lock your doors and when you go to bed double check that all downstairs doors and windows are secure. 🚪🗝
- Don’t leave car keys, ID cards or valuables near windows, doors or letter boxes, where burglars can reach through to steal them. 💷📿🔑📱💎
- Lock your garden gates and side entrances.🔐
- Don’t leave tools lying around in the garden which could be used to break in to your home.⛏🔨🛠🔧🏏🏸
- Permanently mark your belongings and register them on a secure database. This will help to deter would be burglars and if a burglary does take place and your possessions are recovered, they can be returned to you.✍🏻💻📷📱💎📺🖥⌚️
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- A home that looks empty is far more likely to be targeted by a burglar, so it’s worth making sure your home looks occupied.🏡
- Security lighting can be used to make offenders feel vulnerable and observed.🔦💡
- A burglar alarm will discourage burglars and gives increased security when homes are unoccupied. Make sure you set your burglar alarm🔴🔔📢🕐
Longer Term Fixes at Home
- Laminated glass should be used in all glazed areas. Wooden beading should be glued and fixed with security screws
- Front doors should have a viewer and door chain
- Back doors should ideally be fitted with a five lever mortise deadlock and two sashlocks (latch)
- Letter boxes should be positioned so that people cannot reach through and release the lock
- When fitting security products always remember to use strong bolts and long screws
- Make sure you have an escape route in case of fire or other emergency
Most patio doors made recently will incorporate a multi-point locking system. On older units and those without multi-point locking, fit special patio door locks to the top and bottom of the sliding door. Also ensure that an “anti-lift” device is used. This will prevent the sliding door being levered off its runners
- Window Locks
In the absence of a multi-point locking system and laminated glass, all ground floor windows and those which open onto accessible areas, balconies or roofs should be fitted with window locks, unless designated as a means of escape.
- French Windows
These generally open outwards, have exposed hinges and at least two flexible edges. These doors are especially susceptible to attack from levering instruments, e.g. screwdrivers, jemmies or even garden tools. Security on timber and metal frame French windows can be improved by fitting mortise or surface-mounted security bolts on the inside top and bottom, together with hinge bolts and frame reinforcement.
For those windows and other glazed areas which are at higher risk of criminal attack, fit laminated safety glass. Vulnerable areas include patio doors, French windows and glazed external doors, as well as windows adjacent to any door. Beware of toughened safety glass! It shatters into thousands of small pieces with no sharp edges, leaving a gaping hole to climb or reach through: toughened safety glass can be regarded as ‘burglar friendly’. Do not confuse it with laminated safety glass. In double glazed units, laminated glass on both the inner and outer surfaces will offer the ultimate protection. However, one pane of laminated glass should be enough to prevent entry. It is generally recommended that the laminated pane is fitted on the inside surface, thereby offering protection from the burglar and reduced risk of accidental injury to the occupants.
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