Ultimate home security guide, all you need to know on protecting your home against intruders.
Use both a cylinder lock and deadlock, a burglar can tell by pushing the bottom of the door if spring-latch is ready for ‘loiding’.
Upgrade to BS3621 British Standard locks which most insurance companies required and change all locks to BS3621 certified when you move into a new house.
Get secure uPVC TS007 2-star door handles with Secured By Design accreditation. These protect against lock cylinder attacks and handle snapping attempts.
Don’t forget windows with sash jammers, French or patio doors benefit from a Patlock which ensures the door cannot be opened by holding the internal handles in place.
A letterbox cage will stop anyone trying to fish for your car keys or valuables.
Get an insurance rated safe with AiS approval.
Glass panels on doors are vulnerable, laminated glass is stronger and can very often be retrofitted.
Don’t forget your side gates and shed lock. Also, consider getting a Police-approved Shed Shackle.
Don’t leave notes for service people or family members on the door.
Make sure calendars with holiday dates aren’t visible.
Avoid discussing holiday plans on public social media networking sites like Facebook or Instagram.
Delay any subscription services like milk, food and newspaper deliveries.
Conceal all wiring on CCTV systems and make sure you remove any cobwebs from the lenses.
Keep ladders stored away out of sight.
Make sure your fencing is strong and difficult to climb over, especially the rear-facing.
Fix faulty alarms that frequently go off and tell your neighbours when it’s been fixed.
Keep the trees and bushes that obscure the views of entrances trimmed.
Ask your insurance company for their approved alarm systems before you buy one.
24/7 CCTV for this feature was supplied by Annke. This 8-channel Ultra HD security system is easily installed.
The Ring Video Doorbell is very handy with remote monitoring and nobody knows if you’re at home or not when you answer.
RFID wallet (or Faraday Cage) will stop range extenders cloning your car keys.
Avia Secure Smart lock is a good option for those wanting to remotely open a door for trades and friends.
Wireless property perimeter boundary alarms can be solar-powered and some models have a range up to 1km.
PIR sensor lighting is now cheap enough that you can easily add this to the front and back of your property.
Timed sockets for lamps, radio and TV are another familiar technology that give the impression you’re at home.
ENEMY AT THE GATES
Consider gravel driveways and paths, which can make it harder for burglars to approach silently.
Ask for IDs of sales or service people to be pushed under the door or look through the gap with a door chain on, if you’re not sure don’t open it, don’t feel embarrassed about turning them away.
Get a peep-hole fitted to see who’s there.
Anyone asking for emergency use of your telephone is rare in the age of mobile devices, but if you want to help, keep the door locked and make the call for them.
Dogs are good deterrents to burglars who do not like to have attention drawn to their presence.
Never buy anything from visitors or phone calls. Adopt the philosophy ‘good deals do not find you’.
For ultimate security, consider an awesome panic room.
Use the Royal Mail’s Keepsafe service – they keep your mail for up to 2 months while you’re away.
Register your valuables with the Immobilise National Property Register.
Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
If you want a pro to take care of it all, find an MLA Licensed Locksmith.
SO YOU’VE BEEN BURGLED
If you think you’ve been burgled when you arrive home, don’t go inside unless you’re sure the threat has gone.
Dial 999 and ask for the police straight away.
If you feel safe and don’t need an emergency response, call 101 to report the burglary.
Make a list of any missing items.
Inform your home insurance company and consider making a claim. They may ask for a crime reference number which you can get from the police.
Change your locks if any keys have been taken and cancel any stolen bank cards.