Home Security Tips
There are plenty of ways that you can protect your home from being targeted for crime. Read some of our tips for a few ideas.
- Always lock the door and close the windows when you go out, even if you’ll only be out for a short time
- All external doors should have 3 locking points. Mortice locks will add considerable strength to your door – you can buy them at your local DIY store
- Window locks can help to stop people getting in, especially in older windows and windows without double- glazing Use deadlocks if you have them – they make it harder for thieves to get out again. If you are thinking of PVC or metal-framed doors/windows, make sure they come with good built in locks and a fitted chain, as these can be expensive to add afterwards Patio doors should have special locks fitted to the top and bottom – ask your DIY store for advice
- Don’t leave spare keys outside or in a garage or shed.
- Keep garden sheds and garages locked and think about using a battery-operated alarm
- Keep car and garage keys out of sight in the house
- Don’t leave window and door keys in their locks
- Always draw your curtains at night and make sure valuable items cannot be easily seen from outside
Did you know…?
58% of burglaries take place in the evening or night and 34% occur at the weekend
- Use timers for lights and radios if you will be out of the house overnight. They create the impression that someone is at home. It is not recommended to use TVs for this purpose Visible burglar alarms, good lighting and security lighting can be deterrents. Particularly ensure that recessed areas and doorways have good security lighting. Make sure that lights don’t disturb your neighbours and that alarms turn off after 20 minutes
- Walls and solid fencing around your house may let a thief break in without being seen. Trees and shrubs can also be hiding places. Chain-link fencing or trellises with prickly shrubs can be a better compromise
- Make sure that garden tools or ladders that could be used to force entry into your home are not left lying around Fit a ‘spy hole’ so that you can see who is at the door. Also have a door chain so that you can open the door a little way to talk to visitor.
- Mark your belongings with a property-marking product
- Neighbourhood Watch and other ‘watch’ schemes are excellent ways for communities to fight burglary
Make sure that any security improvements you make to your house don’t stop you getting out as quickly as possible if there is a fire
False Alarm Prevention Tips
We’ve provided this brief guide below to help prevent false alarms.
- Ensure that authorised users have been fully instructed on how to operate the system.
- Always use the designated entry/exit routes when entering and leaving the building.
- Check that all personnel have either left the building or are in an unprotected area. Ensure that all windows doors are closed and secure before setting the alarm. A walk round the protected area is the only effective way of doing this.
- Ensure that the protected areas are free of any potential movement i.e. small animals, loose blinds, decorations and swinging signs etc.
- Check that there is nothing obstructing the detection devices.
- Ensure that automatically controlled electrical equipment e.g. air-conditioning, fan heaters, refrigerators etc. do not affect the performance of the alarm system.
- Take care not to obstruct the security sensors with changing levels of stock in storage and be sure to stack it securely to avoid any unstable motion.
- Ensure that you deactivate the alarm within the time allocated and before entering secured areas.
Be sure to inform the Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) if you intend to open/close the premises outside the usual agreed times (if applicable).
- False alarms should be carefully investigated and appropriate measures taken to avoid similar incidents.
Ensure that your system receives regular maintenance checks.
- Always advise your security service provider when carrying out alterations to your building that might affect the operation of your system.
- Remember that excessive false alarms will normally give rise to police response being withdrawn. This may affect your insurance cover and in the event of such a withdrawal you should consult your insurer straight away.