Make Home Security your New Years Priority

make home security your new years priority

Make Home Security your New Years Priority – Infographic

It’s that time of the year again when we decide what changes we would like to make in order to improve the New Year that follows. Unfortunately most resolutions are likely to be disregarded by the end of January, so this year consider making simple changes to your home security, that are easy to maintain and will make a huge difference to your home security.

January is the perfect time for opportunistic thieves to strike. With homes full of expensive Christmas gifts and gadgets, unsecured homes are easy targets for burglaries. We have compiled simple home security resolutions that you will keep your home and its contents safe and secure.

Make it a Habit

This year get into the habit of locking your doors and windows and setting your security system every time you leave the house, even if you’re making a quick trip to the shops. It is also wise to make a habit of locking your doors even when you are home, this will construct a safer environment for you, your family and your property.

Remember to Check

It is your responsibility to ensure the effectiveness of your home security measures. It is important to regularly check the performance of your security, whether this means changing the batteries of your fire and smoke detectors, or checking if the home security system is up to date and functioning correctly.

Upgrade Your Locks

The locks on windows and doors can often become worn out and problematic, especially in winter weather, so why not start the New Year with an upgrade. A local locksmith will able to carry out a full home security and insurance compliance check and recommend quality products that conform to all of the relevant standards for your insurance and your peace of mind.

Visit keytek.co.uk to book your local locksmith today.

Choose Smart Security

Why not commit to increasing your security by automating your home security system this year. With smart home systems you can connect devices such as CCTV cameras, home security systems, the lights and even doorbell remotely from a smart phone or tablet.

Whether you enhance your home security by creating good habits or installing new security measures, securing your home is a simple resolution that you can keep for years to come. Happy New Year from Keytek Locksmiths!

Further reading:

New year, new home security resolutions! 

Winter Home Security Tips 

Home Security in the Movies 

Charity collection box stolen in Swindon bar break-in

Police urge people to review the security of their homes and businesses following a break-in at a Swindon bar, where burglars stole cash from the till and a charity collection box. Often as days become darker there is a rise opportunistic burglaries, and as Christmas is around the corner, often there is a rise in charity collections and small businesses will be taking donations, therefore it is optimal to check your security at this time of year.

Our local locksmiths in Swindon offer a comprehensive security check scheme aimed at helping the general public make their homes and commercial properties more secure. Visit Keytek Swindon for more information on our local Swindon locksmiths, and to book your security upgrade today.

With a potential rise of opportunistic burglaries, we have compiled a list of a few simple steps which can improve the security of your home or commercial property.

Check you locks

Make sure all exterior doors and windows are locking correctly. If you have any problems or feel your security is not sufficient, call a reliable local locksmith to either service or replace your locks.

Check your outdoor lights

Outdoor lighting ensures there are no dark areas for unwanted visitors to hide, and having fully functioning lights outside your home, commercial property or car park will help deter a burglar during the darker nights.

Put your valuables away

Keep valuables out of sight, try to make sure all valuables such as computers and laptops are kept out of sight on the ground floor and keep any machinery or tools locked away.

Arm your security system

It is important to have your home protected at all times, therefore invest in a top quality home security system, or ensure your own system is functioning correctly.

If you believe your home, business premises or office could do with a security check, give us a call on 0330 332 0589.

Security Warning Following Burglaries in Harrogate

Residents are given a security warning following a series of burglaries in Harrogate

Police are urging residents of Harrogate to improve home security measures in order to reduce the chances of being burgled. Following a spike of ‘2 in 1’ burglaries, where thieves have not only broken into and stolen contents of properties but have also stolen car keys and cars, police are recommending people use deterrents in order to make homes appear occupied.

There are various measures that can be taken in order to make a property seem occupied even when it is not. Simple measures such as using a light timer, TV simulators or leaving a car in the driveway can indicate someone is home, even when the house is vacant. For more intelligent ways you can fool a burglar into thinking there is someone home, visit our ‘Bluff the Burglar’ post. https://keytek.co.uk/blog/bluff-the-burglar/

While deterrents and preventive measures are effective, it is crucial to ensure your home security is up to date. Our locksmiths in Harrogate offer a friendly and reliable locksmith service, whether you are in an emergency situation or in need of a pre-booked security check. So if you feel your home is not adequately secured, head over to our Locksmiths in Harrogate website at https://keytek.co.uk/north-yorkshire/harrogate/ for more information.

Salisbury Police Hand Out Deterrent Purse Straps

Salisbury Police hand out deterrent purse straps following a rise in purse thefts.

Following a number of incidents of purses being stolen from people’s handbags in Salisbury city centre, police officers are urging shoppers to come and collect an anti-theft purse strap for free.  The strap simply attaches your purse or wallet to your bag, making it difficult for a thief to remove it in minimal time, without you noticing.

The police in Salisbury are worried this may put shoppers off during the festive period, as city centres become busy and crowded. They assure people that these offences are not violent in any way, but are pick-pocket type crimes where people do not realise their belongings have been stolen until later on.

Unfortunately pick-pocketing is a common occurrence and is easily done by professional thieves if you do not secure your belongings sufficiently. It is important to take care of your belongings when venturing into a crowded place, and there are many ways to prevent having your belongings stolen from your bag.

  • Ensure your bag has sufficient fastening such as a zip or buckle.
  • Don’t carry unnecessary items in your bag; try to keep it as de-cluttered and light as possible.
  • Make use of internal compartments that can be fastened. These are not easily accessed and make things more difficult for a thief.
  • Keep your bag close to you, preferably strapped across your body.
  • When you are going out to a public place, only take what you need. Do not carry valuables unnecessarily.

https://www.spirefm.co.uk/news/local-news/2169464/four-purse-thefts-on-one-day-in-salisbury/

As well as securing the valuables you carry in your bag while on the go, it is crucial to check the security of your home. Our locksmiths in Salisbury offer a friendly and reliable locksmith service, whether you are in an emergency situation or in need of a pre-booked security check. So if you feel your home is not adequately secured, head over to our Locksmiths in Salisbury website at Keytek Salisbury for more information.

Give the Gift of Security this Christmas

gift of security christmas

Give the Gift of Security this Christmas

As Christmas approaches and you find yourself struggling to think of unique and impressive gifts to buy, it is important to remember there is nothing more valuable than the safety and security of your family and loved ones. We at Keytek have collated a list of gifts and stocking fillers that will help ensure the safety of those you love this Christmas.

For the explorers

The perfect gift for individuals who are always travelling to new places, whether it is a holiday resort in the Maldives or backpacking in Thailand, is The Master Lock 5900 Safe Space® Portable Safe. The constant worry of having a phone, camera or other small valuables stolen could be eliminated by the portable safe. The safe is lightweight and impact-resistant, providing a practical security solution for personal belongings while on the go. https://www.keytekshop.co.uk/product/master-lock-5900-safe

For the forgetful

People who frequently find themselves locked out the house because they’ve forgotten their keys often result in hiding a spare key around the front of their property. This can put their security at risk, as the easiest way a burglar can enter a house is by finding the spare key. An ideal gift for those who forget their house keys is a Key Safe. There is an assortment of Key Safe’s available in a variety of sizes, makes and models. Most Key Safe’s can only be accessed by a code which only the owner and their loved ones know. They are extremely durable and weather resistant, and can be found on the Keytek shop!

For the misplacers

We all have that friend or family member who is regularly misplacing their valuables, whether it’s their wallet, keys or kids! The Iristag Wireless Tracker is the perfect gift to help keep track of personal belongings easily, using GPS technology and a Smartphone App the tracker alerts the user if a valuable item movies outside of a predetermined range, and easily locates missing items. The tag is available in 4 colours, is small in size and unnoticeable when attached to objects. https://www.keytekshop.co.uk/product/iristag-wireless-tracker-white

For the bikers

Motorcycle and bicycle theft remains a growing problem and can be easily avoided by the use of a bike and motorbike lock. If a loved one has a passion for biking, a gift that secures their most prized possession is ideal for Christmas, as motorcycles and cycles can be very expensive, therefore targeted by thieves. Keytek Shop stocks various locks, from chain locks to loop locks, which all offer high levels of security for bikes and motorcycles.

For the witty

Why not consider a humorous yet practical gift this Christmas. The range of Decoy Safe’s on the Keytek Shop can be used to hide money, jewellery and valuables in plain sight. The Keytek Shop offers 3 models of Decoy Safe’s; The Heinz Baked Beanz, Heinz Spaghetti and Heinz Tomato Soup cans, all recognised by the police, neighbourhood watch groups and insurance companies as effective theft deterrents.

This year don’t just resort to your usual go to gifts for Christmas; why not throw in a practical gift as well! Gifts which protect the security of a person and their prized possessions are enormously valuable, and the recipient will be extremely grateful in the long run.

Further reading:

The Grinch Who Didn’t Steal Christmas 

Make Home Security Your New Years Priority 

Christmas Security Hints and Tips 

The Grinch Who Didn’t Steal Christmas

The grinch who didn't steal christmas

The Grinch Who Didn’t Steal Christmas

The festive times are approaching

Soon the turkey will be ready for roasting

Family will be coming from far and wide!

Use these tips to keep them safe and secure this Yuletide.

You’ve bought your gifts all shiny and new,

Remember to keep them out of view.

It can be fun to show your presents on Twitter and Facebook,

But if it’s public, your posts could lure in a pesky crook!

Don’t leave parcels out on the doorstep for too long,

It may be stolen if a thief comes along.

Deterrents will make your home look occupied,

Burglars are less likely to strike if someone’s inside.

Although it sounds obvious you’ll be shocked,

How many people don’t keep windows and doors locked!

Remember these tips are useful all year round,

To help keep your home and loved ones safe and sound.

Merry Christmas From Keytek®  Locksmiths!

Further reading: 

Give the Gift of Security this Christmas 

Christmas Security Hints and Tips 

Make Home Security Your New Years Priority