There is nothing more important than making your home safe. This is even more true, once children come along. Your home is yours and their sanctuary, so it is important that once you step through the door you have the confidence and peace of mind that you are all safe and not have unnecessary stress.
Not only is this important for those times when you are at home but it is also important that you have the confidence that your home is protected on those times your home is empty, whether it is whilst you’ve nipped to the shops, taken a trip to the cinema to are taking a holiday.
With a few steps being taken this is achievable and can be managed affordably.
Lock All Doors And Windows
This is the first defence against home intruders. Open windows and doors are like an open invitation to burglars who are looking for an easy target. Even when at home it is good practice to keep doors locked and when you are leaving the house to make sure that all doors and windows, especially those on the ground floor, as locked and secure.
If you like gadgets and tech, there are devices that are censored that can advise if any windows or doors have been left open, or alternatively, there are smart locks that will automatically lock at set times.
If you were about to break into someones home, you don’t want to be on display for everyone to see. Installing an outdoor security light can act as the deterrent you need. A lot of the time home break-in crimes is that of chance. It is necessarily your particular home that is being targeted but more the criminal saw an opportunity. Having outdoor lights will encourage intruders to keep going and bypass your property.
There are many different types to choose from, you can opt for ones on all of the time, ones you manually control with a switch or motion sensor lights that will come on when movement is detected.
Make It Look Like You Are Home
Break-ins don’t tend to happen when you are at home. Most burglaries are targeted upon empty properties so they can get in and out as quickly as possible. Therefore, a simple and very effective way to prevent intruders is to make it seem as though somebody is home all of the time.
This can be done simply by leaving a light or TV on when you’re nipping out for an hour here or there. However, when taking holidays you will want to implement a different strategy. You may choose to ask a neighbour or family member to nip in and open and close curtains, switch lights on and show a level of activity in your home.
However, you may prefer to take an approach that still puts you in control. You could opt for a timer plug to be used for your lamps so they automatically turn on and off and set times of the day. You may opt to use your smart devices to control devices such as TV and your lights from your phone.