5 Ways to Secure Your New Home

5 Ways to Secure Your New Home

Burglars strike every forty- seconds here in the UK in an attempt to break into your home, so home security should be a top priority in making your home as safe and secure as possible as a homeowner or occupier. Here are 5 recommendations on how you can help improve and protect your home.



1.Lock the Windows

Doors and windows are the most common entry points for burglars. Unfortunately, manufacturer latches on windows aren't always effective and sometimes they are flappy. If you don't like the look of your window latches, you can beef up security with locks or key-operated levers. Here are some quick reinforcements recommendations to help your windows burglar-proof:


  • Reinforce glass with window security film
  • Install window or glass break sensors
  • Add window bars
  • Hedges under first-floor windows, make sure to keep them trimmed
  • backyard light with infrared sensor in the night



2.Secure the Doors

Don't help a burglar stroll in through the front door. Inspect all of your exterior doors to make sure the door frames are strong, the hinges are protected, and if your door has a letter box that someone can't reach through to unlock the door. Here are some quick reinforcements recommendations to help you secure these vital entryways:


  • Install a deadbolt
  • Add a strike plate
  • Upgrade to smart locks
  • Try boosting security with a video doorbell


TIP: Reinforce sliding glass doors. Intruders love sliding doors, so make sure yours are protected. You can go old-school and use a window bar or dowel in the track to keep the door from being forced open. If you want a high-tech solution, add a door sensor or glass break sensor. These will alert you if the glass door is tampered with and should scare off thieves.



3.Don't Forget the Garage

This entry point to your home is becoming more popular with criminals. And even if they can't access your house, chances are you have plenty of good stuff stored in the garage. Make it a habit to lock all doors to the garage-both interior and exterior. You may also consider keeping your garage door opener in the house. That way a burglar can't grab it out of your car. And if you use a security code to open the garage, make sure you keep it secret and never enter it in front of delivery people, neighbours, or anyone else. Here are some more easy ways to secure the garage:


  • Upgrade to a smart garage door opener
  • Cover windows to hide the goodies inside
  • Secure garage doors with extra locks (or even cable ties!)
  • Use home automation, and never leave the garage door open again



4.Landscape areas

Vandals, burglars, and other criminals don't like to be exposed in the spotlight. Why not keep bad intruders at bay with ample outdoor lighting. Place lights around your front and back yards, along the pathways, and near the garage and other outdoor structures. Not only will you make intruders nervous, you'll also cut down your risk of a stumble on your way up the front steps. Make your outdoor security lights even more effective with these tips:

  • Use motion-activated lights
  • Save energy with solar-powered lights
  • Put outdoor lights on a timer
  • Wireless Spotlight



5.Eliminate Hiding Places

Trees and shrubs may give your house curb appeal, but they also give burglars a handy place to hide. Trim down trees and plants close to your home that could be used for cover. Opt for smaller flowers and bushes instead. If you have trees near windows, either remove them or reinforce those windows with extra security. And don't neglect the rest of your home's exterior- use these best practices to keep things locked up tight:


  • Always put away stools and ladders
  • Lock gates, sheds, and other outdoor buildings
  • Don't tempt thieves by leaving pricey goods on display in the yard
  • Add security signs and stickers
  • outdoor security camera


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