Lock it, don’t lose it
Modern UPVC window frames are equipped with locks for one very good reason, to help safeguard your home. They can’t be blamed if you fail to use the locks and somebody breaks into your house when the property is empty. If you have locks fitted to the windows, use them, and prevent possessions from getting stolen.
Open windows attract attention from the wrong type of people. Leave downstairs windows open whilst you are upstairs in the property for example and be under no illusion, criminals will act on impulse if they spot an opportunity. Criminals take advantage of open invites. Give them any excuse to steal from you and they will. Protect lower levels and secure windows when you go out, spend prolonged periods in the back garden, or venture upstairs for a while.
Add window contacts
Burglar alarms are a good deterrent if you are worried about home security. Fit new windows and you can link them to the alarm system by adding window contacts in relevant areas. If a thief tries to gain entry through a window, and the contact is broken, this will trigger the alarm and the noise should send the burglar packing.
Fit and use door locks
Recent stats suggest a high percentage of burglars gain access to properties through the front door. This sometimes happens when people are at home in the property. Therefore close and lock front doors to prevent this from happening, even when you are at home. Upgrade door cylinders to industry approved locks to prevent thieves from tampering with them and breaking into your home.
Install a door chain
Another good security measure that people often forget about is the hardy door chain. All it takes is a second or so to click the chain into position and once fastened it provides an effective barrier from trespassers or door step con artists.
Why open the door at all? Fit a peephole and you can see straight away who’s visiting you at home. If they are strangers, calling at your home unannounced, and acting suspiciously, don’t bother opening the door. Take a peek and prevent unauthorised access. A peephole is a practical but highly useful security measure.
Carefully consider how you can improve window and door security around the home and you feel safer as you spend time inside the property.