5 Items People Often Forget to Secure

5 things people forget to secure

There are many things to consider when keeping yourself and your home secure; because of this some important security aspects get overlooked. There are more ways to keep yourself secure than just locking your doors, so we have created a list of things nearly everyone forgets.

Power tools

Many spend a lot of money on expensive power tools which are often left out in the open when they’re not stored in sheds and outbuildings, making them a popular target for burglars. Engraving tools with your postcode or house number, or using an “UV” ink pen, will make it easier for the police to identify and retrieve if stolen.

Jewellery, heirlooms, and collectables

Jewellery and other valuables can be secured in safes and hidden in secret spaces around your home, however many forget to insure these valuables. Jewellery insurance most often covers accidental damage, loss and theft, ensuring that jewellery and other valuables can be repaired or replaced.

Private and important documents

Homes are full of valuable items, but ones often overlooked are important documents which are just as desirable to a burglar as your big screen TV. Private documents such as birth certificates, passports, property deeds, tax returns and legal contracts should be kept securely in a fire-proof safe. When destroying important documents it is important to use a shredder in order to prevent them falling into the wrong hands.

Medication

Medication should be treated like any other valuable item in a home and should be stored securely.  Pain killers and prescription medication are highly targeted by burglars, and medication in the wrong hands, such as curious children and forgetful seniors, can be lethal, for this reason medicine cabinets should be kept in a secure location, and should not be accessible to everyone.

Passwords and PIN numbers

We have been warned on several occasions that it is not recommended to write down passwords and PIN numbers, as these can cause a lot of harm when in the wrong hands. When storing passwords and PINs, it is recommended to encrypt or password protect files.

When securing your property and belongings, it is important to remember there are various measures to take. Here at KeytekTM we believe security of your home starts at your front door, and our local locksmiths aim to provide the best solutions to your security problems. Book a KeytekTM Locksmith to upgrade the security of your home by calling 03303320589 or visit https://www.keytek.co.uk

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Eggcellent Easter Security Tips!

Easter security tips

Whether you are going away or spending time relaxing at home, don’t forget to be security conscious over the Easter break! Your home should be considered a safe space for you and your family, and the only people searching your home and belongings should be hunting for Easter Eggs; therefore we have compiled some tips on how to keep your home secure.

  1. Store objects which can be used to access your home, such as bins and ladders, securely and out of sight.
  2. Use deterrents such as light timers and television simulators to help your home appear occupied when you are out.
  3. A car in the driveway often indicates that someone is home. If you are going on holiday this Easter ask a neighbour to park in your driveway, even for a couple of hours each day.
  4. Keep your valuable items out of sight and away from windows. Don’t make your home a shop window for burglars by putting your prized possessions on display.
  5. If you are lucky enough to be going away on holiday this Easter, don’t share your holiday plans online and only share photos when you are back at home. Social media websites often share your current location, letting people know you are not home and potentially putting you at risk of burglary.
  6. Even if you are not travelling this Easter, the security of your home should be a priority. It is important to always lock your doors and windows at night and whenever you leave the house, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

Burglars don’t take holidays, but they will take advantage of yours! While Easter holidays should be a time for relaxation for most, burglars will spring into action while homes are vacant and occupants are out and about. Remember, a burglar can only enter your home the same way as you, through the doors and windows; therefore it is crucial your locks are up to date and secure. The locksmiths at KeytekTM provide a variety of locksmith services including full security and home insurance compliance checks, to book call 03303320589 or visit keytek.co.uk.

Don’t Update the Burglar! Stay Safe on Social Media

 

Don’t Update the Burglar! Keep Safe on Social Media

The openness of social media can allow burglars and thieves access to the information needed to target homes with only a few clicks. There are many social media activities that may put your home’s security at risk!

Be careful checking-in

Most social media channels have check-in features which reveal your location. Whether you’re checking-in at a restaurant or the cinema, this can be dangerous and can let burglars know when you’re away from home.

Don’t show off your expensive items

Showing off your swanky new watch or luxurious handbag online can be more dangerous than you imagine. Sharing photos of your expensive items publicly may just be tempting a burglar.

Don’t post your holiday plans

It is very common to share exciting future holiday plans online, however this can be very risky. As well as your friends and family, burglars may be interested in your holiday countdown, as this updates them on when your house will be empty for a long period of time.

Check your privacy settings!

Make sure to limit your statuses and updates to your family and friends instead of being public.

Further reading:

5 Items People Often Forget to Secure 

Bluff the Burglar 

5 Worst Places to Hide Your Valuables 

The 12 Home Security Tips of Christmas Infographic

‘Tis the season to be security conscious! As the nights draw darker and colder, it is important to evaluate the security of your home and take measures to ensure your home isn’t an easy burglary target. During the winter period your home can be seen to be more vulnerable by an intruder, especially in the lead up to Christmas when you are more than likely to have unopened items of high value. In the lead up to Christmas each day we will be posting a home security tip to help you stay secure over the Christmas period. As part of this we have put together an infographic… Click on the infographic to enlarge it. Share this Infographic On Your Site

The 12 Home Security Tips of Christmas
Christmas Home Security Infographic by Keytek Locksmiths