We all like to think that our homes are secure. We lock our doors, close our windows and some of us invest in CCTV and/or burglar alarms. However, whilst all of these things are very proactive moves to make in securing your home from burglars, they are not the complete solution. Home security is something that you should always be reviewing, especially the finer details that are the key to boosting your home’s security. Below we take a look at three key questions that you should ask about your home’s security. If you answer no to any of them, you may want to reassess your home security arrangements.
Are Your External Doors Secure Enough?
A locked door is a secure door? Not always. Firstly, if your door uses a simple Yale type latch on its own then this is simply not sufficient. Your front door should be fitted preferably with a good quality 5 lever mortice deadlock that conforms to British Standard BS3621 or EN12209. You should also realise that a lock, however good quality is actually only as strong as the door itself and its frame. Therefore, you need to ensure your front door is fit for purpose, be of substantial construction and attached to a sturdy door frame.
Are You Locking Your Double Glazed Windows With a Key?
Check all of your double glazed windows. Are you closing them just with the handle or are you using a key too? If it is the former, then you really need to start using the key to do it too as this secures the window even more. You may think that you should lock your downstairs windows but your upstairs windows are fine as they are out of the way. However, burglars are very resourceful and upstairs can be easily reached by ladders stored in gardens or by clambering up drain pipes. If you are currently in the position of choosing double glazing, ensure that it complies with these two British Standards: BS 7950 (security performance) and BS 7412 (window performance).
Is Your Shed and Garage Secure?
In the UK, we spend a lot of time ensuring that our homes are as secure as we can make them but many of tend to ignore their sheds and garages. Sheds are the perfect target for a burglars because they are generally away from the house and prying eyes and are usually poorly secured. They are also often full of expensive garden equipment and power tools often worth hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds. You should really treat your shed as an extension of your house and treat it exactly the same in terms of home security.
This is also the case for your garage, which as well as tools and other equipment may well contain the biggest investment you’ll make apart from your house, your car. But there’s an extra consideration to make if your garage is attached to your house via a door. Garage doors can often be a security weak spot and if a burglar is able to gain entry to your garage, they simply have to go through an internal door and they are in your house.
There are many more considerations that you can make to help make your home safer but by starting with these three issues you can take big strides towards making your home as safe and secure as it can be.
If you’d like expert advice from Inta-Lock locksmith Peterborough, call Matt for a friendly, no obligation chat about your home security: 01733 590027