Home security is crucial, without home security anyone could walk into your property without you knowing. So if your home security is at a low point, we highly recommend that you improve home security within your property.
Why Improve Home Security?
Your family inhabit your property the vast majority of the time, and when you’re not there, you want the reassurance that they are safe and secure in the house. If leaving your teenagers at home with the doors unlocked you are making it increasingly easier for anybody to walk into your home undetected. As well as this, when selling your property, your home is a lot more appealing to potential buyers if it is up to date with security precautions and features the latest security systems.
So if you want to improve your home security but aren’t sure where to start, not to worry. We’ve devised a list of security tips to help you make your property protected as best as possible from burglars and intruders. So keep reading!
Have Someone Watch Your Property When On Holiday Or Away
Burglars and robbers keep an eye on the houses of those that they want to break into. They will work out your daily schedule and pinpoint when you are home during the day, and when you aren’t. They might even wait until they see you leave your property for a number of days or weeks on holiday.
Because of this, we recommend hiring a trusted house sitter to keep an eye on everything when you are away. If burglars see that there is continuously someone present in your property they won’t be able to attempt a break in. If you can’t find a house sitter, we recommend presenting your property as if it is still being inhabited while you are away. You can do this by leaving a few of the lights on in your house, if you are going abroad then try and find a lift to the airport so that your car is on your drive and looks like somebody is home. We also recommend not closing drapes or shutters in your property, as this gives the impression that nobody’s home.
Top Up The Gravel On Your Front Drive
Gravel is a silent intruder’s worst nightmare; nothing draws more attention to yourself than sprinting or creeping over crunchy gravel in the dead of night. If you don’t have a driveway already, we recommend investing in gravel driveway that surrounds the entire front of your property to maximise the probability of hearing your intruder before they get to your house.
If you don’t hear your intruder, it’s likely that somebody else will. A neighbour, local neighbourhood watch team or even passerby could hear unusual sounds and raise the alarm. Although a gravel driveway seems like it may not do a great deal, it has been known to help detect intruders in the past.
Have CCTV Installed
CCTV is one of the most helpful and affordable forms of home security. CCTV is becoming more popular and has been known to increase the resale value of a property dramatically. You should definitely have CCTV installed by professional electricians that are qualified and have plenty of experience. CCTV can be put both internally and externally on your property for 24 hour surveillance both inside and outside your property. It can be fitted at front doors, back doors, kitchens, living rooms, driveways and utility rooms – almost anywhere.
The great thing about CCTV is that it is widely developed and has come a long way from when it was first created, CCTV can now be watched live from mobile phones and tablets so that even when you’re away, you can check up on your property, or throughout the day at work. Not only this, but CCTV is one of the most reliable sources of evidence during court hearings or making charges. If your house is broken into, CCTV works as evidence against the intruder and can prove that they were present in your home, it also enables you to see what was taken and how they entered – making it really handy for improving the overall security of your home. CCTV installations Milton Keynes are extremely simple and quick when carried out by a professional, you can also find deals from electrical contractors that often do purchase and fit deals for cheaper.
Fit And Install Security Alarms
Security alarm installations Milton Keynes can deter burglars from even considering targeting your home. Burglar and security systems can be fitted all around your house, even externally. The most common form of burglar alarm installed is the internal and external, as the external alarm is visible to those outside the property, it warns potential intruders that your house is secure and alarmed – meaning it’s unlikely they will even attempt to break in.
Security alarms should always be fitted by a professional to ensure that they are effective and work straight away; otherwise, you may be using a faulty or incorrectly installed security system. Home security systems can tell that there is an intruder in a variety of ways. Some alarms are triggered by opening a door that the alarm is set to, for example, if your front door is opened after your alarm has been activated it will make a loud ringing noise until your unique pin number is entered to turn it off.
Other alarm systems are sensory; they can sense vibrations and will set off as soon as they sense strong vibrations or shock sensors coming from something like a window or door. These are the best at detecting forced entry and are used widely throughout properties. Although, security systems have come a long way over the years. Certain security alarm systems can now silently alert the police when they think that your home is being broken into. They will call 999 if they sense abnormal activity, or detect someone in your property. Meaning that even if you and your family are sound asleep while your home is burgled, the police will be informed and catch the perpetrator red-handed.
Install A Parking Post
One of the most frequent crimes in the UK is car burglaries. A car is a huge expense, so to have it taken from your home can cause lasting problems, both financially and to your daily life. Without your car, it can be a struggle to commute to your place of work, and you may have to end up spending more money on public transport just to be able to get there. Not only this, but if you cannot locate and recover your car, the only other option is to replace it, which when you’re already paying for one car, can put a strain on your financial situation.
The best way to prevent car theft is to install a parking post. Parking posts are frequently seen in public car parks, train stations and office car parks. This is due to locations like these having numerous vehicles sat there unprotected for a number of hours, or even an entire day, making them susceptible to those looking for an easy car to steal. Parking posts are metal posts that are fitted into the ground when your vehicle is stationary and parked on the drive. You pull the post up from the ground when your car is not in use so that nobody can drive it away even if it is broken into. When you need to get your car off of the drive, using the personalised key, all you have to do is unlock the post from its locked position and slide it back down into the ground. This form of security is one of the most cost-effective solutions to protect your vehicle on your own private driveway, or even in a residential car park.
Remember To Secure Your Garage
Garages are a common weak point in properties that burglars will take advantage of. They’re often not as secure as they should be, which is why it’s important that you take precautions to ensure that your garage is protected just as well as your home is. Garage doors can be easily damaged, or doors can be broken into without detection as they’re typically at the other end of your house or detached from the house entirely.
A lot of the time, there will still be expensive equipment or prized possessions in garages that would be tempting for a burglar. You can protect your garage by installing security alarms, or sensors that go off when any pressure is applied to the garage door.
Buy A Safe
A safe will guarantee the security of your most treasured items. Often, people have a number of family heirlooms that are either irreplaceable or extremely expensive. If they were to be stolen, they are one of a kind and have tremendous sentimental value. Storing them in a safe ensures that if your home does happen to be burgled, your most prized possessions are hidden away securely.
Besides possessions, a lot of homeowners also use a safe to conceal savings and emergency funds. This is always a good idea; this means that if your bank cards or other forms of income are stolen, you have a secret stash of back up cash to keep you going until you can contact the police and begin hunting down the perpetrators. Safe’s are best when hidden in locations that can be challenging for intruders to locate. Choose a remote location that is outside of the box, and that is very unlikely to be discovered, as the likelihood is if you’re not home, a robber will leave no stone unturned.
Light Up The Landscape
If your property looks empty, you could be a prime target for intruders. They will often assume that nobody is home, or that they can break into your home undetected and sneak out in the dead of night. If you live in a home that provides a lot of natural hiding spots and shaded locations, it could be easier for intruders to gain access to your home, even if you are in. Remember that in worst case scenarios, burglars will watch you and learn your routine in order to calculate the easiest times to get into your house.
You can make it harder for them to gain access to your property by lighting it up. If you have dingy corners with high shrubbery or hedges, this creates an ideal hiding spot. Using outdoor LED lights you can create a well lit outdoor area that gives intruders nowhere to hide. For LED lighting Milton Keynes, be sure to contact us today for both indoor and outdoor installations. Another option is LED sensor lights; these guarantee that if someone comes onto your drive, the entire driveway will light up and blow their cover instantly.
Protect Your Home Today!
Contact your local electricians Milton Keynes today to discuss home security options for your property; home security is important so make sure that you invest in some form of protection for your property. For electrical inspections Milton Keynes or any other electrical services, please feel free to contact us today. We hope that this article was helpful, if it was then why not share on social media?