Home security tips

Monday, 24 October 2016

Being burgled is a terrible experience, and though it’s not possible to make your home 100% burglar proof, there’s a lot you can do to make it as secure as possible. Here are some basic security tips to help you protect your home. Some of the tips may be necessary conditions to help you qualify for RIAS Home Insurance. 

1. Front and Back Doors

Fitting the door that you use to enter and leave your home with either a mortice deadlock with a minimum of five levers, or a three-point multi-locking system can add considerable strength to your doors.

Always keep all access points locked when not being used. Ensure that gates, garages and sheds are locked; burglars will often try access points and move away quickly if they don’t have any luck. 

2. Accessible Windows

Window locks will help stop opportunists looking for an easy access. Fitting all accessible windows with key-operated window locks, which are always locked when nobody is home, Security alarmwill increase security. RIAS define ‘accessible’ as any windows that can be reached without a ladder, and have an opening of at least 9 by 9 inches.

3. Patio Doors

Patio doors should be securable by a key-operated security lock on all sliding patio doors.

4. Other External Doors

All other doors could be fitted with barrel bolts, top and bottom. If a door is partially glazed, you will need to have key-operated locks fitted.

5. Intruder Alarms

Install your alarm in a visible place. With a NACOSS, SSAIB or NSI-approved intruder alarm covered by an annual maintenance contract, you may qualify for extra discounts on your house insurance.

7. Security Lighting

Security and other good lighting is a great deterrent and helps give the impression that someone is at home even when the house is empty.

8. Keys

Never leave your window or door keys in the lock and keep all keys out of sight. By keeping them on the hall table or in the kitchen, offenders have the chance to not only steal your household belongings, but also make off with your car. 

Ask a trusted neighbour, friend or relative to keep a spare set of your keys, and never leave spare keys outside under a flowerpot or in the garage or shed. 

9. Garden

Make sure garden tools, ladders or anything else that could be used to break into your home are not left lying around. Garden walls, fencing, trees and shrubs may all help a thief break in without being seen.

Chain-link fencing, trellises and prickly shrubs all help deter burglars.

10. Valuables

Ensure that your valuables aren’t hidden in obvious places. Do not store jewellery in the bedroom, spare cash in the bedside table, and don’t leave valuables in a place where they can be easily spotted from an external window. Keep your curtains drawn when it’s dark and at Christmas time, resist the temptation to display your presents in the window under the tree.

11. UV pens

Mark your possessions with UV pens so if the worst happens, recovery may be easier.

12. Social media

Don’t advertise your absence on social media. You may be excited about your holiday, but so will burglars.

N.B. Make sure that your security systems do not keep you trapped in case of fire.

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