Rightmove UK have written a small blog regarding security at xmas, please give it a read and hopefully some of it might be useful.
The countdown to Christmas is officially underway. With the hustle and bustle of attending parties, visiting relatives and cramming in some last minute Christmas shopping, it can be hard to keep track of what day it is. However, all this chaos also means that our homes are left vacant and vulnerable, and as it’s present buying season, often filled with goodies.
That’s why it’s not surprising that we’re not the only ones making the most of the festivities, with research showing that burglaries increase by 20% over the Christmas holiday period*.
With this in mind, the security experts Yale have put together their own handy hints to make sure you’ve got Christmas all wrapped up.
Keep presents hidden until the big day
Once wrapped, it is tempting to leave gifts out in plain sight under the tree. However, this makes it much easier for window-shopping thieves to spot any presents you may have. Keep these hidden out of sight until the big day.
Similarly, you don’t want people knowing what valuables you have after you’ve opened them. Don’t leave packaging outside by your bins, instead take this straight to the tip and don’t share images of your gifts on social media, creating a ready-made catalogue of presents for thrifty thieves.
Consider storing valuables in a home safe
Jewellery, small electronics, and cash are all popular items for picking as they are small and easy to sell on. Consider storing these in a home safe that is securely bolted to the floor or wall for added peace of mind.
See who’s being naughty or nice with a home IP Camera
A small IP camera can be placed freestanding anywhere in your home, letting you see inside your property at the touch of a button. These can be used as a standalone device or connected as part of a wider smart home security system.
And it’s not just thieves these are useful for tracking! You can also monitor your property to see if your kids are home safely or if your pets still chewing the furniture.
Set your alarm before leaving
A surprising 34% of homeowners admit that while they have a home alarm fitted, they rarely remember to set it!** While visually having an alarm acts as a good deterrent, they are no use if they are not activated in the event of a break-in. Make setting your alarm part of your routine before you leave home.
Invest in a newer, smart alarm device that can send real-time notifications, updates and images direct to your smartphone or tablet to give you added peace of mind that your property is protected.
And remember; lock all doors when leaving your property
Perhaps the most obvious piece of advice, but also the most neglected, always remember to lock your doors and windows when leaving your property.
Where security is concerned, ensure external timber doors are secured with a mortice lock and/or nightlatch that meet British Standard BS3621. Or if you have a PVCu or composite door, consider upgrading the cylinder to a British Standard TS007 Kitemarked model.
Still not quite sure where to start when assessing your own home security? A.R Locksmiths can help, call: 07813842390 and we can give you advice or come and give a free home security check.
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Not posted for a few months due to being busy, which is good, but the blog below has been written by Ralph Goodman who is a Lock and security expert from America.
He approached me and asked if i could be a guest blogger on my site, so will be interesting to know what everyone thinks and how it compares to us in the UK
What Every New Homeowner Needs To Know About Home Security
Congratulations! More likely than not, if you are reading this you just acquired a new home. Regardless of whether or not this is your first home, it is still an accomplishment you should be immensely proud of. Not many people get to say they are the proud owners of a new home. However, your journey as a new real estate parent is just beginning, and there is a lot of unchartered water that you have to learn to navigate. Among these unchartered waters is the vast amount of information that falls under the category of home security. Home security is going to be a vital part of your life and you have to treat it just like you would a child. It requires care, attention to detail and a whole lot of patience, but luckily you won’t have to pay for college tuition.
When it comes to home security, especially for new homeowners, there are some crucial things that you need to be aware of. I hope this does not sound overwhelming to any new homeowners. If it does, you might be looking at it the wrong way. Home security shouldn’t be viewed as a chore, instead, it should be seen as a rather challenging hobby that yields rewarding results. The effectiveness of your home security is tied directly into how much time and energy you put into establishing it, so new homeowners have to take extra care when crafting their security. Without further ado, here are some of the most important things that every new homeowner needs to know about home security.
Maintenance is key
First and foremost, maintenance will always be your best friend throughout your time in your home. This point cannot be stressed enough, even though it needs to be. There are many homeowners who neglect the responsibility they have to maintain their homes. The manner in which you keep your home security maintained will determine the longevity of your security measures. Maintenance involves attention to detail and continuous regimented checks on the state of things within your home. In terms of home security, new homeowners will need to pay attention to their locks, alarm system, surveillance cameras, doors, and a host of other things that all tie together to give you a well-oiled home security machine.
Abiding by a fixed maintenance schedule gives you the opportunity to verify that all your security measures are in working order, and it also gives you a chance to see what needs to be upgraded or switched out. Without effective maintenance, new homeowners will see their homes gradually start to fall apart before their eyes, and this is when burglars tend to strike, due to your vulnerability. Proper and effective maintenance is one of the best burglar deterrents that homeowners have access to.
Love Thy Neighbour
Before anyone gets confused, not about the ten commandments. It is simply addressing an underrated facet of home security, which are your neighbours. In some cases, your neighbours can make or break your home security and this is something that many new homeowners are never aware of. Neighbours are like a free security system that lives in close proximity to you. Neighbours are adequate at keeping an eye out, grabbing your mail if you’re out of town or even calling the authorities if they ever see anything out of the ordinary. New homeowners should make it a point to cosy up to their neighbours so that they can get a lay of the neighbourhood, and have a trusted ally close by should an emergency ever call for it.
Home Security Audits
This actually sounds more intimidating than it really is, and that is probably because of the use of the word audit. Home security audits, however, simply involve figuring out what needs to change in your new home. Performing a home security audit is the perfect time for new homeowners to become comfortable with their security measures.
For instance, a previous homeowner could have installed a security system that did not accommodate remote access, but you might want to upgrade to a surveillance system that does because you will be away from home more often. New homeowners tend to gloss over things like this if they do not take advantage of home security audits. In addition to changes, it allows you to become aware of the emergency exits and safety protocols that you can institute within your home. Also, these audits give homeowners the chance to replace locks or to rekey them. This is an important aspect of moving into a new home that many people ignore because they think it is inconsequential. It allows you to regain complete key control of your new home and it is one of the most important steps in tightening up your home security.
Learn About Emergency Services
As I have touched on briefly above, home security is not always centred around the home. Sometimes, it involves the action of people or institutions outside of the home to keep your constantly secure. For new homeowners, this means that they need to make themselves aware of the emergency services and personnel that are in their neighbourhood and in close proximity to their home. This might seem like a heavy dose of paranoia but it really helps homeowners properly outline their safety and security plans.
It also helps give them an idea of the kind of crime prevention strategies that might be employed in their neighbourhood. It is always a good idea to know how far emergency services might be from your home so that you can adequately plan for any emergency situation. The fact that the term is ‘home security’ does not always mean it has to be centred in and around your home. But many new homeowners forget this, and approach security with tunnel vision.
There is a lot that new homeowners need to know about home security, and the list above is just a starter to help you move in the right direction. It is important to take the necessary time and care that goes into crafting proper home security. New homeowners should have nothing to fear as long as they are adequately prepared and they invest time into learning about their new home and new neighbourhood.
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