10 Simple Security Tips To Protect Your Family From Burglars
Do you want to ensure your home is safe & secure for your kids? Learn 10 simple tips from a local locksmith that can keep your family home secure.
Want to secure your home against an intruder? You don’t have to have a moat and drawbridge to keep the bad guys away. The kids may love it, but it is probably not in this year’s family budget.
However, if the safety and security of your home and family are important, here are some easy, low-cost security tips you can do.
Secure Your Main Entrances
Your front and back door are the main entrances to your home, so it makes sense that these are your most secure. Make sure you have installed double cylinder deadbolts. Don’t go for the cheap deadbolts you find in your local hardware store, a good quality deadbolt will start at £20.
Make sure all of your doors are of solid construction. Solid wood or metal doors are perfect. Stain glass doors may look nice but they are not very secure. It is very easy to smash a window and let yourself in.
If you like having a breeze flow through the house in summer, consider getting a security screen door. These doors allow you to have your front door open, but still keep the home safe and secure while you are in the house.
For an added security measure, install a peephole for you and the kids. It will allow you to see who is at the door before you open it.
It is always a good idea to teach the children not to open the door if mum and dad aren’t around.
And most important of all, lock the door. This might sound obvious but many people forget to do this. Your may have the security of a castle, but it is pointless if the front door is open.
Have A Working Alarm
Alarms systems are an excellent deterrent for thieves. If you don’t have an alarm installed, I seriously recommend that you do. If you already have an alarm make sure to check it is working a couple of times a year. Check that all the sensors are working and nothing is impeding their view. Also, check the battery is working and fully charged.
Make sure you turn the alarm on when you leave the house or go to bed. Create a routine with the kids and do some final checks before you leave the house. “Doors locked? Windows locked? Alarm on? Ok, let’s go!”
If you were sneaking around someone’s house, would you like a spotlight shone at you? Security lighting is a great deterrent. When a sensor detects movement, then a light turns on, illuminating the area. I recommend getting security lighting to cover all entrances and potential hiding places on your property. If you have a limited budget get security lighting to cover at least your front and back door.
Advertise Your Home Is Secure
Posting up security signs around your property is a great deterrent for would-be thieves. Place signs in obvious places such as your letterbox and entrances. Don’t mention the make, model or manufacturer on the sign. This information can be used by intruders to bypass your security system so keep the signs generic.
Remove Any Hiding Places
Hide and Seek may be a great game with the kids, but not one you want to play with a burglar. Remove any potential hiding places around your yard. Pay particular attention to shrubs or any other cover near windows and entranceways. If possible, remove these or keep them trimmed. Avoid any privacy fences as these can provide excellent cover for intruders.
Do You Know Your Neighbours?
Having a good relationship with your neighbours can be great for your home’s security. You neighbours can keep an eye open and raise the alarm if something suspicious is happening around your home.
Keep your neighbours number near the phone in the case of emergencies. The children can call them if they need help from an adult and you are not available.
Instead of hiding a spare key around your yard in the case of an emergency, consider giving a trusted neighbour the keys instead. Hidden spare keys under a pot or doormat are the first thing a thief looks for.
Remove Person Details From Keys
Do you put your contact details on your keys? If so, I recommend removing them. Details such as your name, address and phone number can be used by potential thieves to locate your home, and then enter.
Replacing a lost set of keys is a lot cheaper than replacing a lot of stolen items.
Don’t Show Of Things Of Value
If you have nice things in your home make sure you keep the blinds or curtains closed at night or when on holidays. If a thief can’t see what you have, they may not think your house is worth the risk.
If you have just bought something nice, be sure to conceal the box. A large flat screen tv box sitting out the front is a good indicator that you have something of value inside.
Keep all purses, car keys, money and jewellery out of sight and away from the window.
Get A Safe
If you do have a lot of small valuables, consider getting a safe. A safe is great for storing valuables such as jewellery, cash and important documents such as your child’s birth certificate.
Make sure that you bolt the safe to the ground so a burglar can’t pick it up and open it elsewhere.
Get A Home Security Check
Some police stations still do home security checks for you. If they don’t, a locksmith can definitely help. Police and locksmiths are up to date with the local patterns in crime. They can give you professional and up to date advice on how to secure your home.
Nathan Hughes is a locksmith. When he is not letting you back into your house at 4 am in the morning, he is dressed up as Iron Man running around at home with his family. Check out his simple free home security checklist to securing your home against intruders.