Your home is your castle. Your safe space and sanctuary that’s all yours. A big part of that is keeping unwanted people out and making sure all of the things that are important to you are safe. But since your home probably isn’t an actual castle, you might have to get a bit more creative than moats and drawbridges when it comes to security.
That’s where home security plans come in. But if you’ve never thought about home security before, where do you start? To help you out, here are 4 home security basics to think about.
Improve Your Lighting
While a lot of break-ins will happen during the day, burglars do still target homes at night. But they do tend to avoid the well-lit houses where it will be easier for them to be seen. Instead, they look for houses with big pools of shadows or no outdoor lighting in sight. So installing a good outdoor lighting system is an easy way to improve your home security! A mix of motion-activated floodlights and decorative spotlights is usually a good place to start, but you can design your lighting to cover your entire home with a little time. An added bonus to this is that it keeps your family and friends safe in the garden in the evenings or at night, as they can see where they’re going!
Review Your Locks
Did you know that 79% of break-ins happen through front doors, first-floor windows and side doors? It seems odd and these are usually fairly public places where someone breaking in would be easy to spot. But in actual fact it can take a burglar just 5 seconds to get in through these doors, so it might not look like someone breaking in at all! That’s because you’re most likely to forget to lock these doors/windows, and they don’t tend to be maintained or upgraded over time. And weak locks are easy to break. So now is the time to replace or rekey all of your locks, install a key safe and maybe even invest in a smart lock system.
As we’ve mentioned before, having visible CCTV cameras and an alarm box on the outside of your property is a huge deterrent for thieves, and can put off as many as 87% of burglars. You don’t need to break the bank covering every angle if you don’t want to either – having a few well-placed cameras can not only keep your property safe but allow you to monitor it from anywhere at any time. It also means that should something happen, you will be able to collect valuable evidence and increase the likelihood of your belongings being found and the criminals being apprehended. Even a video doorbell is a great start to your home security here.
Buy A Floor Safe
If you keep anything valuable in your home, a floor safe is an absolute must. Once a thief has entered your home, the last thing you want is to give them easy access to the things most important to you. Some of the things you should keep in a safe include:
- Large amounts of cash
- Valuable jewellery
- Bond certificated
- Birth certificated
- Wills & LPAs
- Insurance documents
And anything else you consider highly valuable, either monetarily, sentimentally or legally. Investing in a good floor safe (which is secured to the ground) means that thieves can’t get inside, and they can’t walk away with it to break it open later on, keeping your most valuable objects safe. Plus, if you opt for a fire-proof safe, even if the worst should happen your valuables will still be safe.
At Securifix your safety is our priority. Our experts are on hand to help you feel safe in your home, and can design a bespoke security solution for you. If you would like to know more, just get in touch with the team today and book your free site survey and consultation.