May 24, 2022 | Heather Drake | Blog

5 Easy Ways to Update Your Home Security

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Most homeowners don’t think they will be a victim to burglary, but when it happens, it hits hard.

When you’re a homeowner, doing small things to keep your house safe can make it harder for burglars to break in, reducing opportunity intruders and helping your house stay protected. From security cameras to burglar alarms, here are 5 ways that you can easily update your home security and keep your family safe.

  1. Keep an eye out with home security cameras
  2. Listen for your home alarm system
  3. Keep your valuables safe
  4. Shine bright with light security
  5. Lock your home

 

  1. Keep An Eye Out With Home Security Cameras

One of the best things to consider getting for your home are security cameras. These can be for both inside and outside of the home. They are great, they serve both as a deterrent and as a way for you to keep an eye on your home.

Both indoor and outdoor security cameras make your home a less attractive target to burglars as the risk of getting caught is much higher, but it also gives you confidence since you can see what’s happening at your home when you aren’t there. Whilst outdoor house cameras can be a more obvious deterrent, indoor cameras can show the intruder closer, and you can see what items were taken.

Whether getting a security camera as part of a security system, or just on its own, they can be a fantastic way of helping to protect your home from break ins. Some of the best security cameras that would be a great addition to your home security system are Blink, Arlo, and Nest. Read more about the Best Outdoor Security Cameras and the Best Indoor Security Cameras now.

 

  1. Listen for Your Home Alarm System

Getting or modernizing an alarm system is another easy way to update your home security. There are many systems and smart devices that will suit any budget and circumstance. Whether starting with a wired or wireless alarm security system, they work as another obstacle to stop a burglar getting in your home.

 

  1. Keep Your Valuables Safe

Keeping your keys, money, laptops, and jewellery out of sight makes you home less attractive to steal from. Wondering what you should hide? Here are 5 items people often forget to hide. By making it look like you have nothing worth taking, they are more likely to head to the next house.

A useful addition to your home security that hides your personal items is a safe. This not only conceals your valuables, but it also makes them harder to steal. You can decide if you want a transportable safe or one that’s anchored, dependant on your needs.

Also, make sure to keep your items away from your cat-flap or letterbox. Anything close by can be easily grabbed near these openings. Wondering where the worst places to hide your valuables are?

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  1. Shine Bright with Light Security

Maybe having your home lit like a Christmas tree isn’t the answer, but lights can be key to keeping burglars away. Keeping some of your lights turned on inside your home can scare away potential thieves as they don’t want to get caught red handed with the owners still inside.

Getting lights outside, whether it be ones that manually turn on or are motion sensored, can also be a major deterrent stopping those who don’t want to be in the limelight. Think about upgrading to LED lights or solar flood lights when you get your next lights installed.

Plus, when you have security lights and cameras working together, it will be easier to identify the criminal through the security camera footage. Find out what we think the best outdoor light options are and the best places to put them here.

 

  1. Lock Your Home

Not many people keep their door wide open when they’re not in, but a staggering  , so whether it’s because they forgot to lock their door or the lock is broken, it’s an easy fix.

Whether you need to get new doors and windows or just update the locks, it will make it much harder to enter for a thief, making you less likely to be a target. And always make sure all doors, including garage doors, and windows are locked when you leave so there’s no easy entry to your home.

Look out for these signs if your lock needs replacing, or find out what the best door options are if you think you need a new door. Have a look at our uPVC doors and uPVC windows and find out if they are the right fit for you.

door knob with key in and house keychain

 

Should You Upgrade Your Current Home Security System?

It’s always best to try and reduce the risk of someone breaking in and stealing from you and your family. By doing these easy points to update your home security it helps to keep your home safer and keeps you and your valuables out of harm’s way. Home security systems should be checked and updated every 5 to 10 years as this is when components can become outdated and newer systems may be available to improve your system.

Still wondering what can make your home an easy target? Then avoid these mistakes. Have a look at our Ultimate Guide to Home Security for extra tips and tricks to keep your home secure. Sometimes you need some extra help when updating your home security, if your feeling overwhelmed and need professional help, find a locksmith near you and see how they can help.

 

Further Reading

How to Change a uPVC Door Lock Cylinder 

Fixing a Broken uPVC Door Lock Mechanism 

What to Do When Your uPVC Door or Window Won’t Open 

Fixing Common Composite Door Lock Problems