During the darker months it’s natural to worry more about break-ins and burglaries due to the fact they’re more common during winter months, especially around Christmas.
However, Locks Direct are here to remind you home security is important all year round. In the summer we leave our windows and doors open to allow our homes to cool down, we leave sheds and summer houses unlocked for easy access to chairs, lawn mowers, and kids outdoor toys.
Often after an evening of barbecuing with friends we can leave gates open once our last guests have left and this can make your garden look appealing to potential vandals and theifs who could be passing by.
Lock Your Windows & Doors
The first place people will look if they want to break in will be your windows and doors. Walking around your home before you leave for the day, or before you go to sleep is guaranteed to keep your mind at ease. It is also important to be aware of the potential risk of a break-in. The after-effects can be devastating.
If you do have locks, then ensuring keys are not visible through windows and are working is essential. To deter thieves with locks is one thing, to not have them working at all is another.
Whilst some security cameras can be on the expensive side, they are a great deterrent to warn people off your home. Placing home security cameras in any vulnerable areas outside of the house is important, to catch any unwanted trespassers.
Installing something like a ring doorbell could deter, if not stop anyone from coming near your home in fear that they could get caught. This is a great way of also monitoring your home when you’re not there. Alerts can be set up for anyone triggering the camera and the quality of picture is incredible for identifying those that have visited. It’s just added peace of mind if you do have concerns about those who might break in.
Having an indoor camera or security system that covers your doors and windows could also be a great way to protect your home. Utilising the home security system features of a smart home setup is also wise.
If you have any storage outside of your home or a shed in the garden with valuables in you might want to think about buying a door lock to keep your valuables extra secure.
You obviously want to keep your bike, lawn mower and anything else safe that you have in your outdoor storage, however keeping any tools you have in there as safe as possible are vital as these could be used for someone to break into your home.
It’s also wise to keep a set of spare keys somewhere safe to be doubly sure you can access your valuables if the first set goes missing.
Our range of weatherproof padlocks are ideal for the winter months when trying to keep your home as secure as possible.
Motion Detected Lights
Keeping the entrance of your home well-lit with motion-detected lights could prevent anyone from coming close for the wrong reason. This is a great solution for when the nights start to draw in and get darker.
The front door can be a very common way for burglars to get in, so putting them off the scent as much as you can is an important factor in keeping your home safe.
Security measures should be put in place whilst you’re away from home. If you are friendly with your neighbours, or you have family local to you, it’s always a good idea to get someone to check in on the house, switching lights on and off so it looks like someone is home.
As well as the security measures in your home, there are some other things you can do too. Being aware of what you post on social media. Don’t tell people when, how long you’re going for and where you are going. Burglaries whilst people are on holiday happen more often than you realise, so it’s good to be cautious.
Locks Direct hope this blog has been able to assist you in how to feel more secure in your home. We hope you implement some of the helpful tips we’ve discussed.
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