SECURE YOUR PREMISES – GREAT LOCKSMITH TIPS AND ADVICE
As experts in both locksmithing and security, we want to ensure we are providing all our customers, with the most relevant and up to date information regarding home security. This includes how best they can protect themselves or their homes from an intruder. So that they may make informed decisions on how best to protect their property or business.
LOCK ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS
Surprisingly, not everyone will lock their doors and windows when leaving their property. This is the first thing which should be on your mind when leaving your home, even if you’re just visiting the local shop. Leaving your windows on the latch while you’re out is not advised as it makes entry much easier for a passing thief. When the weather gets warmer, home owner’s usually like to leave their windows open at night, which grants easy access for passers by. Recent statistical information show that 59% of burglaries occur when someone is in the property.
LOCK UP YOUR GARAGE AND SHEDS
Garages and sheds usually hold equipment which a burglar could use to gain entry to your home. Ladders, electrical tools and objects like crowbars, spanners and screwdrivers can all be used to break into your home. Ladders can be used to reach flat roofs and windows and will often give burglars the opportunity to stay out of sight. Crow bars can be used to force doors and windows open, especially if they have been left ‘on the latch’. Screwdrivers can be used in Lock Snapping attempts, which in some cases, can enable a thief to get into your home in just 15 seconds. – Keep them locked away and out of sight to make forced entry more difficult.
KEEP KEYS OUT OF SIGHT
Leaving your keys on display may persuade a thief to attack your property over another. Burglars are known to use tools that can reach in through your letterbox and grab keys or other valuables, such as cash. Don’t forget, if your car keys are within reaching distance of your letterbox, a thief could simply reach in, grab your car keys and drive off in your vehicle without any sign of forced entry. If you can’t keep your keys anywhere else, consider getting a letterbox with brushes that can help with draughts and conceal the view inside from prying eyes.
DON'T HIDE SPARE KEYS
You’re average burglar is well aware that some people will hide spare keys under plant pots, door mats and around sheds. Don’t relax in thinking that you’ve found a safe place to a hide a key, chances are a thief will know where to look. Think about leaving a spare key with a trustworthy neighbour, family relative or close friend.
If you haven’t got any outdoor lighting consider getting lights which switch on when they detect motion, or a dim light which will switch on at night. Lights that use motion sensors are a great deterrent for a burglar, the last thing a thief will want is to be seen, directly under a beam of light trying to break into a property. When purchasing outdoor sensor lighting, consider the range of the sensor and the distance it will reach when motion is detected. If the sensor can’t reach a hot spot for entry such as a back door or window, consider moving it to a more appropriate place or purchasing another light with a better motion range.
Having a burglar alarm in view, whether it is fully functional or a dummy (look-a-like) will make a thief think twice about breaking into your property. It’s recommended that you regularly change you alarm’s security code. Most dummy alarms look exactly the same as their working versions and it can be difficult for a burglar to tell the difference. Often the chance is too big to risk and the burglar will move on to another property without the same security in place.
BRITISH STANDARD LOCKS
Choose locks that conform to British Standards (BS3621). Most insurance companies wont want to pay out after a break in or burglary if you don’t have BSA locks in place. This is due to the fact that there are locks readily available which can be made from cheap and unreliable materials that can be snapped or unlocked, putting your home security at risk.
Don’t publish information on social media that can be used by potential thieves. Posting personal information publicly about holidays, time off or expensive goods gives a potential burglar everything they need know about your where abouts and what valuable items you have. Adjusting your privacy settings can help, as well as removing ‘location’ settings from your posts.
TIMERS FOR LIGHTS AND ELECTRICAL
Use timers to switch your lights on and off when you’re away from home. Some digital timers allow you to set on and off times with different intervals for each day of the week, this can help to give the impression that you’re home is occupied.
SPEAK TO YOUR NEIGHBOURS
Form a good relationship with your neighbours, they can help to keep your home safe while you’re away. You could ask your neighbours to visit your home every few days and remove any post, letters or parcels piling up behind your front door (This can be an obvious sign that the property is empty). If you’re away on holiday and you’ve taken the car, your driveway will be empty – Ask your neighbour if they could park their car in your driveway for a few days to give the impression that somebody is home.