Y-cam’s top 10 tips on Home Security
It’s quickly approached that time of the year when the clocks go forward and the dark nights have set in, so there is no better time to ensure that your home is safe. We know that home surveillance is one of the best ways to protect your property, belongings and most importantly, your family. However, there are a few other simple measures that can be implemented to prevent the possibility of a break in and ensure that your home is safe and secure.
Here’s our top 10 tips on home security:
- It seems a simple tip but make sure all your doors, windows, garden gate/side entrance etc. are locked at all times. Every locked door, gate or window is reducing entry points and opportunities for thieves.
- Your house should appear occupied at all times; try using timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you’re not at home.
- If the entrances to your home are dark, installing PIR sensor lighting will help as most thieves will not want to be seen trying to get in a door and will not risk trying.
- For extra protection to your locked doors, install 1-inch throw deadbolt locks and to improve safety for glass patio doors place a metal bar or pipe along the middle bottom track of the door slide which will stop the door being able to be forced open.
- Simple exterior changes can make all the difference, by trimming hedges and removing high fences you can improve natural surveillance and reduce the opportunities for the burglar to hide from view.
- Keep valuables out of sight, hide purses and handbags and do not leave cash lying around. If criminals cannot see anything worth stealing they most likely will not take the risk.
- Make sure you have your postcode and house number marked on your property with UV marker pens, this allows your items to be easily identified and burglars are worried when your property can link them to the scene of a crime.
- Visible burglar alarm notices are a great deterrent, so adding a sign to your garden and security surveillance warning signs on windows work perfectly. If the criminal feels there is a chance to be caught, they are more likely to move on.
- Neighbourhood Watch and other ‘watch’ schemes are excellent ways for communities to fight burglary; by sharing experiences and tips you can strengthen your fight against house-hold crimes.
- Last but not least, with the installment of an IP surveillance camera you are adding a further deterrent. Plus, in the event of a break in, your camera will be able to help identify the criminal and possibly support their capture and prosecution.
These may seem pretty simple and purely common sense but, by implementing these, you are making your home safer and much less desirable for criminals.