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5 ways to improve your home security

18th February 2021

So, you need to up your home security game? Not really too sure what you need, or what would be the best options to deter burglars?

Not to worry – we’ve got the tips, tricks & all-round know how to help.

Home Security is crucial – if you’ve not got the proper measures in place, you’re at a much higher risk of losing the items you treasure most.

  1. Install a video doorbell/ CCTV/ floodlights –

Cameras & lighting is going to work to deter burglars from your premises, simply because they do not want to get caught. This sort of equipment allows you to have eyes on your property at all times, even when you are away.

The floodlights or movement sensors draw a lot of attention to your premises – indicating there is movement on the property which probably isn’t something a burglar would appreciate…

By installing CCTV or a video intercom system – like a Ring doorbell – this again is likely to prevent your home from being targeted. However, if your home were to be burgled then the footage from CCTV or your intercom system would be a crucial component in aiding the police in finding and arresting whoever broke into your home. Currently, only 13% of burglaries reported are cleared by police due to the lack of evidence or witnesses, but with video footage of the robbery it is much more likely the thief will be caught and you may be reunited with your stolen possessions.

  1. Use a safe deposit box –

One crucial aspect of home security is, of course, securing the actual valued goods within your home.

If you feel like a home safe wouldn’t be suitable for you and your lifestyle then why not consider storage outside of the home? A safe deposit box allows you to secure any valuables or irreplaceable goods. By renting your own safety deposit box you can make sure that any valuables and important documentation that you own – such as passports or your will – are kept in a secure location.

This would prevent the items going missing, being misplaced or even stolen. The Safe Deposit Centre is located in the city centre of Manchester and is the only fully automated Safe Deposit Centre that provides rentals at the best value prices in Manchester. they also provide insurance for safe deposit boxes through their approved insurance partners, My Security Box, providing additional peace of mind when it comes to the protection of your precious items.

  1. Controlled timers for the lights in your home –

When going away for any period of time a home owner’s biggest concern is having their house targeted for robbery because sometimes it can be a bit obvious that no one is there. We may not all have the means to create elaborate shadow parties like in Home Alone, but light timers are a very inexpensive way to give the illusion that people are in the property.

On top of the light timers, you should consider allowing a trusted neighbour/friend/family member to routinely visit your home, making sure that letters aren’t piling up etc.

If you wanted to take the illusion even further, you can now buy automatic curtain timers, that’ll open & close your curtains for you at the time you set – keeping your curtains open or closed for an extended period of time may also seem a little *sus*.

  1. Keep doors and windows locked and secure –

This one may seem fairly obvious but a staggering 30% of burglars enter through an unlocked door or window. By leaving these entrances unlocked or even open you are providing easy access to your home which can result in thieves taking advantage of this and stealing from you.

To further secure your windows and prevent someone from pushing through them you can put a wooden peg or metal rod in the tracks.

  1. Owning a home safe –

If you have important documents, valuable items or even items that hold a lot of sentimental value and you feel that a safety deposit box would not be the best choice for you, then you could benefit greatly from owning your own home safe.

We offer a wide range of domestic safes also know as home safes (so, of course, we had to mention them) and you can even choose insurance approved safes (ais approved safes) which will further protect your precious items. Insurance approved safes essentially are home safes, or commercial safes, that meet the standards set out by the Association of Insurance Surveyors – meaning that you’re able to obtain cover through your insurance provider for what you store in the safe.

If you’re looking at even further ways to properly secure your home or your business, feel free to get in touch. We’ll provide our expert advice on how you can beat the burglar, and recommend the best products for your individual needs.

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