Your home is your castle. But, unlike a castle, not all homes are built like a fortress.
That's why it's important to take steps to ensure yours is protected. Want to beat the burglars? Then check out our guide to some top security tips and tricks for your home.
Watch Out for Your Windows
Windows are your weak point. They're a popular entry point for burglars, and that's why you need to make sure they're secure. Even if you're just popping out for a few minutes, remember to check that all your windows are closed and locked tight. Most break-ins are opportunistic, too, so avoid leaving any valuables that can be seen through your windows.
Ditch the Bad Habits
When it comes to home security, it pays to know your bad habits. After all, sometimes one of the biggest threats to your home's security can be you! Whether it's leaving a spare key under the mat, or neglecting to lock your windows and doors, it's important to be aware that your bad habits could be making your home vulnerable. Another bad security habit is over-sharing on social media. It's always best to play it safe and avoid revealing too much personal information online; in this day and age, you never know who could be watching.
Keep an Eye On Your Keys
Make sure to keep your keys out of sight, away from the doors and windows in your home. There's nothing a burglar would love more than the keys to your palace – so don't make it easier for them. Whilst it can be tempting to leave a set of keys within close reach of your door, burglars can easily fish these out through your letter box, so be warned!
Light It Up
Burglars are a bit like vampires really; they tend to steer clear of the light. If you want to protect your property, then consider installing some exterior lighting. Most burglars – if they've got any sense – try to avoid being seen, and prefer to operate in the shadows, making exterior security lights a pretty useful deterrent.
When planning a holiday the last thing you want to do is advertise that you're away. If you want to beat the crooks then you're going to need to get crafty! Luckily, there are a number of ways you can make it seem like someone's home – even when you're off enjoying yourself thousands of miles away. For example, it can be worth installing a few timer plugs with the lamps in your home. These can be programmed to automatically switch a light on once it gets dark – giving the appearance that your house is occupied, even when it's not. Brilliant! Don't forget to cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries too – nothing says no-one's home like a collection of dairy products on your door step. Got a good neighbour that you trust? Then make sure to ask them to keep an eye on your property whilst you're away too.
Don't Forget to Arm Your Alarm!
If you've got an alarm system – arm it! Many of us are guilty of failing to use our alarm systems. The sight of a visible alarm is often enough to deter most burglars. However, more experienced thieves know that many homeowners install alarms, but often forget to actually turn them on. A working alarm system is one of the best ways to protect your property from harm. So if you've got one, use it, and if you don't, it's probably about time you did!
As a leading provider of security services in Bristol and Bath, here at BWS Security we’re passionate about all things security. We can provide a range of superior security systems to keep you and your home safe, giving you great peace of mind. Want to know more? Then contact us today, by giving us a call on 01179 255 755 or 01225 872 385.