10 Ways to Keep Your Home Secure
Peace of mind is knowing that your residential property and its contents are secure.
Although break-ins are on the decrease, in 2019 a staggering 417,416 burglary offences were recorded by UK police (Crime in England and Wales - Office for National Statistics, 2020). It is without a doubt that advancements in home security will have contributed towards the decline of burglaries in recent years.
Let’s look at what measures can be taken to secure your home.
- Re-enforced Doors and Windows
High security, low profile - roller shutters can be installed on doors and windows. Designed specific to your requirements; roller shutters can be insulated and also made fire safe.
- Secured Garage Doors
Garage doors with roller shutters are perfect for securing your garage and its contents. Roller shutters are produced in a stylish range of colours; they’re often powder coated or a laminated finish is applied for a wooden effect.
- Social Media
Avoid posting on social media whilst you’re away. Broadcasting that your home is empty may be seen as an opportunity for thieves to invade your property. Share your memories once you’ve returned, in the comfort of knowing your belongings are safe.
- Video Doorbells
Video doorbells are becoming a popular form of personal security for residents. Using an app on your smart device, you can quickly identify and communicate with unexpected visitors from anywhere, so long as you’re connected to the internet.
- Home Security Systems
You should consider installing motion sensor lighting, burglar alarms and roller shutters around your home. Thieves will think twice before attempting burglary if they can see how secure your property is. Forcing entry through a secure roller shutter would take time and be very noisy, with a high chance of alerting your neighbours.
- Home CCTV
Keep an eye on your property from anywhere using a wireless CCTV system. Footage from a CCTV system can be uploaded straight to your smart device, recorded onto cloud storage or stored on a device within your home. Some CCTV systems will alert your mobile device when they detect movement.
- Outside Key Safe
Avoid leaving house keys beneath a doormat or inside a plant pot. If you trust somebody with access to your property and they require a key, installing an outside key safe would provide a much safer alternative.
- Make it Seem Like Somebody is Home
Installing lights on a timer whilst you’re away is great for deterring thieves. Smart lights are easily installed and can be controlled remotely from an app on any smart device, so long as you’re connected to the internet.
- Burglars are Opportunistic Thieves
Avoid leaving tools or equipment outside your property, thieves may see an opportunity to force entry using them. Ladders could also provide home invaders with easy access, lock them away in a secure place such as a garage or shed. Avoid leaving valuables on display within your home or car.
- Home Insurance
Consider checking your current policy or investing in home insurance. Leaving windows and doors unlocked may invalidate your claim, so be sure to check them before leaving your house. Having roller shutters installed at your property could potentially reduce your insurance premium.
For more information on roller shutters and improving home security, contact our friendly team by calling 0800 112 0083, or email us at [email protected].