Eight Simple Ways To Keep Your Home Safe & Secure
Home security can be a great concern, particularly during periods when you are away from home and the property is vacant. Here we share some straightforward tips and ideas that will help you to keep your home even more safe and secure for greater peace of mind when you are not there:
- Install A Sophisticated All In One Home Security System
Decent home security systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated and more affordable too. These days you can purchase equipment that is compatible with your Smartphone and enables you to receive instant reports of motion detected, stream real time video from inside your home, activate alarms remotely and access audio sound from wherever you are in the world!
- Inventive Hiding Places
When it comes to concealing valuables, it can pay to get creative and think outside the box, hiding valuables in the last place anyone would ever think to look! Your options are only limited by your imagination and a quick online search for ideas will enable you to tap into some astonishingly inventive ideas for inspiration.
With some basic DIY skills or the help of a professional, you could create one or more unique hiding places within your property.
- Maintain Your Garden & Landscaping
Keeping the land around your property in ship shape fashion at all times ensures that your property is always presented in the best possible light but it is also advantageous in terms of deterring intruders.
In the first instance, neatly manicured shrubs and lawns make it clear that the property is regularly attended to, but pruning large shrubs and bushes in key areas, (such as around doors and windows) you eliminate an intruder’s ability to hide easily, out of sight of neighbours and passersby.
- Never Allow Mail To Pile Up
Allowing your mail to pile up conveys the immediate impression that nobody is at home, which can leave your property vulnerable to being targeted. If you are going to be leaving the property vacant for more than a few days, it is worth arranging for someone to regularly collect the post and tuck it out of sight so that there is never a pile of post visible from outside the home.
It is surprising how soon it can begin to mount up, particularly if you normally receive flyers and junk mail from local businesses.
- Think Carefully About The Packaging You Discard
Your plastic and paper recycling could convey too much information about your recent purchases, so it is worth considering this before you put it out for collection. Breaking down your packaging into smaller pieces and making sure that it is not easily identifiable, or taking it to a local recycling point is a sensible precaution.
- Make It Appear Like Somebody Is At Home
Whether you opt for setting lights on a timer or investing in a simple gadget that comes on at certain times of the day and gives off a fake TV glow; making it look as if someone is home is an excellent way to deter potential intruders.
- Think Carefully Before Broadcasting Your Movements On Social Media Platforms
It is so tempting to let your family and friends know what you are up to, especially when travelling to exciting new places; however, it is crucial to consider whether your information and updates could highlight the fact that your home is vulnerable and potentially reach the wrong audience.
- Reinforce Weak Areas Around The Home
Every home has its weak spots and it is important that these be addressed. The installation of decent quality windows, with toughened glass or double glazed panels is essential, particularly on the ground floor of your property. It is also important to ensure that your exterior doorframes and locks are of a suitable quality and strength to do their job properly.