Latest statistics show that burglaries and theft offences are climbing once again, so perhaps it is time for a New Year’s resolution to review how secure your home is.
In the three months from April to June 2020, theft offences dropped by 43% compared to the previous year. However, much of that decline was due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown conditions that the country was under for much of that period, meaning many people were at home much more than they ordinarily would have been. However, since then, crime levels have bounced back to roughly 2019 levels, according to the Office for National Statistics.
With the end of the pandemic now in sight thanks to the production of a vaccine, it is possible that we could be getting back to something approaching our old lives at some point in 2021. Unfortunately, that means burglars will be doing the same, so now is the time to review your home security and, if necessary, look to upgrade it.
It is also worth doing as it can help to bring your home insurance premiums down – insurance companies look for evidence that you have taken extra precautions to make your home as secure as possible.
Here are our top tips on what to do and the sorts of things to consider:
Check the locks
Locks are fundamental to home security and need to be checked. Are they old or worn out? If they are, they can be easier to break if a burglar wants to force their way in. Upgrading your locks can make your home much more secure.
It is also worth considering additional door security such as deadbolts, which are bolts fitted to the bottom or top of the door and go into the doorframe, making it much more difficult to kick in.
Don’t forget to also consider things like locks on gates. Many homes have entry to the back garden through a gate. This should generally be kept locked, of course, but how good is the lock, or bolt that shuts it? Is it hardwearing? Is it weatherproof? Would it stand up to someone trying to kick it in? If the answers to these questions is ‘no’, it needs upgrading.
It is easy to forget about the security of things like sheds, but burglars know there is often high value items in and will target them, so it is important to make them as secure as possible.
For instance, how secure is the padlock used on the door? If the padlock has a lot of the loop showing, it isn’t that secure, and will mean that a burglar can use bolt cutters to cut it. When selecting a padlock, go for one with as little of the loop showing as possible as that makes it more difficult to be cut.
If the padlock has rusted, it will not give you the security you want. It is advisable to replace it with a padlock that has been designed to be used outside and is weatherproof.
Burglar alarms are a well-established security device. Not only do they provide security when you are away from home by providing a loud sound when it is breached – the last thing a burglar wants is attention drawn to the property – they can also be linked to the local police station.
Alarms also provide a visual deterrent to burglars when they see the box on the front of the house.
CCTV systems are increasingly in popularity. The picture and sound quality of these has improved immensely in recent years, meaning they are a much more effective weapon against criminals. Not only does it provide a digital deterrent, the evidence they collect can help to convict burglars if they target your house.
Another relatively cheap security device is security lights. These automatically come on when someone comes within a certain range of the house. Given that burglars prefer to work in darkness, it is great deterrent. It also has the practical use of lighting the way when you come home so you don’t have to fumble about trying to find the lock to the door.
Invest in a safe
If you have expensive jewellery, antiques or sensitive documents in your home, then it could be worth buying a safe to store them in. there are various types of safes that can be bought, including digital, key operated and fingerprint operated, and these range in security from low to high, depending on what you need. It is worth getting a safe installed by a locksmith – they can ensure it is fitted properly, which means that it will work properly and won’t run the risk of invalidating your home insurance by being not properly fitted.
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Ask an expert
Reviewing the security of your home might not be something you are comfortable with. However, there are experts on hand who can help, including locksmiths such as Inta-lock Locksmiths in Peterborough.
Locksmiths can come out to your home and check all around the house for signs of weakness in security – be it old locks or easy entry points, for example – as well as taking in what the local area is like.
From that, they can provide a full review of your security and recommend what, if anything, needs to be upgraded or purchased to make your home more secure.
Locksmiths can also install any of the security upgrades they recommend, from new locks to CCTV systems.
If you live in Peterborough or the surrounding area and want a security review in your home, then call Inta-lock Locksmiths. One of our friendly team will arrange for an experienced locksmith to come out to you – socially distanced, of course – and complete a full security review for you.
Likewise, if you have any security system you want installing, give the Inta-lock Locksmiths team a call or email for a no obligation quote that is competitive with any other locksmith in the Peterborough area.