General Home Security
Good home security, such as window and door locks, is the best way to reduce your chances of being burgled.
- Going out? Always close and lock the external doors and windows, even if you are just going out for a short time.
- Try to get into the habit of double-checking window and door locks when you are going to bed too. Have you turned the key on doors that may have been unlcoked during the day?
- Be careful with keys. Make sure you all know how to get out in case of fire, but be careful not to leave keys, including spares, near the door where they could be reached from outside. And try not to leave them in a garage or under a flowerpot!
- Installing new doors and windows? Make sure they are certified to the appopriate British Standard (BS). The standard for windows in BS7950 nad the standard for doors is PAS 24.
- On older windows, you can add window locks to help stop people getting in ( a burglar is less likey to break in if they have to smash a window) use deadlocks for doors to make them more secure.
- Put burglars off, alarms that are visible, good home security lighting in the right places can put burglars off. But make sure that lights dont disturb your neighbours and that burglar alarms turn off after 20 minutes.
- Timers are good. Usetimers to switch on lights and radios when you are away from home. Burlgars will think twice because there might be someone at home.
- Have burglar-proof fences and walls. Fences at the back of the house may add security. But walls and solid fencing can hide a burlagrs movements. Avoid this by using chain-link fencing you can see through or garden trellis with prickly shrubs.
- Fit a door ‘spy-hole’. Fittong a spy hole allows you to see who is at the door. A door chain lets you open the door a little way to talk to a caller.
- Lock garages or sheds. Never leave garages or sheds unlicked, especially if they are connected to your property.
More tips to come soon…
(All infomation taken from the Home Office ‘Be Safe, Be Secure’ crime reduction guide).