So it’s the middle of January and have you kept your new years resolutions? Have you gone for a run at least once a week? Cut out chocolate? Or quit smoking? Resolutions are hard to stick too, but one thing you can’t ignore is your home security. Whether you forget to lock the front door, leave the window open or not set the burglar alarm, you can set yourself home security resolutions that are easy to stick to!
First resolution- do a security walk through
This involves inspecting your home, starting from the outside. Is there any damage to the doors or windows? If you have a security alarm, check that it is working. It’s also worth checking your home insurance policy and making sure all your security measures match their requirements. It’s worthwhile making sure the batteries to your smoke/fire alarm are working while you’re doing this check as well. You can get a free home security check with Keytek when one of our engineers comes to perform work on your home.
Second Resolution- Get in to some good home habits
Getting yourself into a routine with your home security is one of the best ways to secure your home. You could have the best burglar alarm money can buy, but if you forget to set it, it’s useless. Get in to a habit of setting the alarm or checking the front door is locked every time you leave the house. It doesn’t matter if you are popping to the corner shop for 10 minutes, on average it takes a burglar between 8-12 minutes to break into your home and get out again. Even less if you’ve left the front door open for them!! Leaving your home unsecured for any length of time is a big risk.
Third Resolution- Consider a security update
If you don’t already have a burglar alarm, then consider investing in one. The sight of an alarm alone may be enough to deter burglars, so it doesn’t have to be the most expensive or advanced model. Home surveillance will also deter potential thieves, if you set up a couple of cameras (even fake ones) at visible points around your home will make a difference. If you really wanted to up the ante you could invest in one of Yales latest range of ‘smart locks’ these are a range of front door locks that you can lock and unlock remotely with an app on your phone. There are also camera doorbells, which can show you who is stood outside your home. However if you don’t want to splash that much cash, investing in a simple measure such as a security light can be very effective.
Fourth Resolution- Make it look like you’re in
An empty house is a burglars dream, so making it look like there is life inside your home is a great way to put them off. You can buy light timers for relatively low prices and with lamps going on and off throughout the day it gives the impression that someone is inside. You can also buy a television replicator that simulates scene changes, light fades and on screen motion, so to anyone lurking nearby, it would seem that someone is watching the television. You could even invest in an automatic curtain opener, if you are going away for a long time. Much like a light timer, it will open and close your curtains at the times you set. A burglar is less like to break in if they think someone is at home, so it’s worth thinking about investing in one of these measures.
You may not be making it to the gym every day or given up drinking, but you can make your home safer with our safety resolutions. They are simple and easy to stick to, but can make a huge difference in keeping your home secure.