We all want to feel safe and secure in our own homes; the following simple steps will improve the protection of your home and deter would-be thieves.
Around the house
- When you go out for the evening, try to make your house look occupied.
- Shut and lock any gates into your back garden.
- Maintain your fences and consider using prickly plants along garden boundaries.
- Secure sheds and garages with grilles over windows, strong hinges and a good lock.
- Have low fences or hedges at the front of your home to remove hiding places and allow you or your neighbours to see whose looking around.
- The extra noise made by a gravel driveway and paths can be a good deterrent.
- Return any tools to the shed or garage after use.
- Ensure garden furniture, ornaments or expensive plants are securely fixed in place, photographed and security marked.
- Shut and lock windows and doors when you’re upstairs, in the garden or just popped next door.
- Consider installing a good quality burglar alarm to your property.
- Use low level dusk-to-dawn lighting around the front door.
Inside your home
- Keep strangers outside.
- Photograph and forensically mark electrical items, jewellery, antiques and other unique items to help in their recovery.
- Keep your car and house keys in a secure place away from windows and doors.
- Installing and using a safe would protect your valuables.
- Avoid keeping large amounts of cash at home.
- Protect your identity by shredding any old receipts, utility bills or correspondence.
- Always back up your computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet to an external hard drive or secure cloud based server.
- Ensure your internet router and Wi-Fi connections are secured with passwords which should be changed after a period of time.