Home Security in Period Properties

Period properties combine class and style with both character and history, but can prove a challenge for security, especially if you are living in a listed building with restrictions or conservation area regulations. One of the main challenges can be home security, as period and heritage properties often have outdated security systems, making them easy targets for criminals. Modern security solutions can be introduced to increase the security of your traditional property and these are worth the investment. It is also possible to install security measures that work with the aesthetics of your property and its setting, without disrupting its visual appeal.

 

Home Interiors Chandelier on ceiling. Luxury Vintage Chanderlier

 

Window Security

Period properties have older windows such as wooden-frame sash instead of the lockable, double glazed uPVC windows that modern houses often have. You should consider looking at specialist sash-window locks as these will provide higher levels of home security. However, these might be subject to restrictions so you should always check with your local council’s conservation officer first before making any changes. You could also consider installing collapsible grilles for the insides of your windows; these may disrupt the period aesthetics but they do fold away when needed. These retractable security grilles are a good deterrent for burglars and also offer a higher level of security.

 

White Window

 

Door Security

Period doors can often be very thin, and therefore can be vulnerable to crime. If you have wooden doors, you could consider turning them around so that they open outwards instead of inwards, as this makes it harder for thieves to kick them in.

Georgian homes were built during the 18th Century and are often very symmetrical with large solid front doors, whereas Victorian properties were built during the 19th Century, identifiable by their red brick, large bay windows and gothic architectural style. Victorian front doors were representative of wealth within the community, presented through colourful, patterned tiling in the artwork on the door. If your door is from the Victorian or Georgian era, it may  not be as durable or sturdy as more modern doors to protect from intruders, with an increased risk of age and wear making it vulnerable to break-ins.

There have been advancements in door security for period properties, with improvements supported by the government’s Building Regulations. Doors should meet or exceed the British Standard PAS24 and locks should conform to British Standard 3621 . You should check that your new front door meets the latest minimum British Standards in aspects of glass for security, thermal ability, energy-efficiency and safety qualities. Modern security systems can be installed to your period front door and property, ensuring that its original charm and elegance is sustained to achieve a period aesthetic without compromising security. In order to protect your period property, the main doors should have a door viewer, such as clear glass or a window next to the doorset, a door chain or limiter. A door chain or limiter is not always necessary and there can be alternative ways to identify visitors, such as electronic audio-visual door entry systems.

Furthermore, a good locking system will ensure that your home is secure, by having locks built in with bars, bolts and support structures to strengthen the body of your door. Locks available for timber doors are considered far superior and stronger than those for uPVC, composite or aluminium doors, as these can be worked into the door and provide you with the flexibility to choose from a range of high-quality door locks. If you do not have a timber door, there are options for improving uPVC door security, these can be secured by design accreditation and police approved. Examples of these include: anti-snap locks, uPVC door handles, door chains and sash jammers to improve the security of the door, these prevent the door from opening if the lock is broken or opened. High bolts or dog bolts can also be fitted to an opening door, as when it is closed hinge bolts will prevent the door from being forced open off the hinges.

 

Mortice Locks

There are many options to increase security solutions through the use of locks for period doors, such as mortice locks. Mortice locks are fitted inside the edge of the door, these make it difficult to break into as most of the locking mechanism is contained inside the door frame. They are visually pleasing as less of the locking mechanism is visible, and therefore do not compromise the style and aesthetics of your original period home.

 

Door handle with knob

 

Deadlocks

You could also consider using deadlocks or deadbolts as a secure locking system, manually operated using a key. When a deadlock is unlocked, it is held in the withdrawn position. These are much easier to unlock in emergency situations, such as fires overall providing higher safety measures.

 

Modern Security Solutions

You could consider installing modern technology and security solutions into your period property, whilst retaining its grandeur and style. A requirement of home technology is to install alarm systems, alarm bell boxes and CCTV systems, all of these can be hidden if you do not want them to affect your house’s period style. Modern lighting is also ideal for preventing burglaries and you can find specialist security lights in a period style or adapt outdoor lighting with a standard movement sensor.

You could also consider fitting spy holes, door chains and bars to your period front door, carefully designed to retain your door’s style but also to prevent intruders. You could consider replacing the spy-hole with a security camera or smartphone app for peace of mind. Wireless technology can be an asset to period properties and can be easily fitted without damaging its original features. You can also use remote monitoring and viewing from your smartphone to identify visitors without affecting your personal security. It is also possible to automate security functions and control them remotely from your smartphone or computer. Discretely styled monitoring equipment and wireless technology can allow higher levels of security for your home, whilst retaining the period aesthetic and in some instances, you won’t fall under planning legislation.

 

Top Tips for Ensuring Home Security for your Period Property

  • Hide all keys, especially away from the letterbox as a device could be used to hook keys through.
  • Install a visual burglar alarm and outside lighting.
  • Ensure you have good rear and outside fencing to protect your property.
  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property, e.g. trim high hedges.
  • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise. The system where you can register your valuable to reduce crime.
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
  • Avoid becoming a victim of a distraction burglary, if you’re unsure of who is at your door, don’t open it, check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are claiming to be from.
  • Use automatic timer-switches to turn on your lights and radios when it gets dark.
  • Use the Royal Mail’s ‘KeepSafe’ service, they keep your mail for up to two months while you’re away to prevent mail sitting on your doorstep as a sign that you’re away.

 

Home Surveillance

 

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Love Lock Bridges Around the World!

Love is in the air this week and many couples around the world will be signifying their undying love by attaching a love lock with their initials engraved to a bridge and throwing the key into the water below; the love is then thought to be locked into place for eternity.

Love locks have become more and more popular over the last two decades with new love lock locations sprouting across the world. Take a look at our favourite 10 love lock bridges below!

 

Most Ljubavi, Vrnjačka Banja, Serbia

Most Ljubavi or the ‘Bridge of Love’ in Serbia has had love padlocks secured to its bridge dating back over 100 years. This according to many sources is where the love lock tradition began, today there are hundreds of love locks lining the bridge and the story attracts visitors to the bridge from across the world.

Where is the love lock bridge in Serbia?

The love lock bridge in Serbia is located over the river Vrnjacka reka in the Park Promenade.

Can you still put love locks on Most Ljubavi?

Yes, currently you can still put love locks on Most Ljubavi and you can buy locks nearby.

 

Pont des Arts Bridge, Paris, France

The padlock bridge in Paris is arguably the most famous love lock bridge in the world situated conveniently in the ‘City of Love’.  Although it may be the most famous, the Pont des Arts Bridge love padlocks are no more. With hundreds of love locks being added every year the bridge could not cope with the weight which amounted to around 45 tonnes and posed a danger to the historical bridge and the people who walked across.

Where is the love lock bridge in Paris?

The love lock bridge in Paris is situated over the river Seine close to the Notre-Dame de Paris.

Can you still put a lock on the bridge in Paris?

No, due to the weight of thousands of locks Paris officials removed them and put up Plexiglass to prevent more being added.

Why did Paris remove lovelocks?

In 2015 Paris removed the lovelocks to help maintain the structure of the bridge as previously railings on the bridge had fallen off and there was a danger the bridge could deteriorate further.

What happened to the locks on Lovers Bridge?

Paris auctioned the locks in bundles or as the whole railing when they removed them from the bridge. They donated the money between three charities that were helping refugees in Paris and raised a total of €250,000.

pont des arts bridge

 

Luzhkoz Bridge, Moscow, Russia

To combat the potential hazard of damaging the structure of the bridge, Moscow installed metal ‘trees’ along the centre of the bridge which has space for hundreds of locks to be secured onto. The love lock trees became so popular that the authorities extended the trees to along the entire street that sits next to the canal.

Many brides and grooms visit the love lock trees on their wedding day to lock in their love and celebrate with a traditional toast of vodka!

Where is the love lock bridge in Moscow?

The love lock bridge in Moscow sits over the river Moskva River in the district of Tset near the State
Tretyakov Gallery.

Can you still put love locks on the bridge in Moscow?

To prevent damage to the structure of the bridge Moscow officials installed metal structures in the shape of trees to encourage visitors to continue with the love lock tradition without causing any damage.

 

Mt. Huangshan, China

Possibly the highest location where you will find the love lock tradition is Mount Huangshan which is often described as the ‘loveliest mountain of China’. It is renowned for its beautiful scenery which is why it has probably attracted couples as a place to place their love locks to lock in their love.

The tradition supposedly started here as it was inspired by a true story of love between a forbidden couple who jumped into the valley below so that they could be together forever.

Where are the love locks on Mt. Huangshan?

The love locks on Mt. Huangshan are particularly found on Lotus Peak which is 1,800m above sea level.

Can you still put love locks on at Mt. Huangshan?

Yes, you can put love locks on the mountain, as long as you aren’t afraid of heights!

 

Hohernzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

The love locks started appearing on the Hohernzollern Bridge in 2008, in 2011 they were counted and found that 40,000 padlocks had been attached to the bridge. It has been estimated that, that number is now 8 times higher!

The bridge is mostly full with padlocks now but there is still a small section of space left that is located in the last third of the bridge opposite Cologne Cathedral. Can’t make the trip to Cologne? Not to worry, you can add your virtual love lock here: http://www.lovelockbridge.cologne/index.html#virtual

Where is the love lock bridge in Cologne?

The Hohenzollern Bridge crosses the Rhine River and is located in the Innenstadt district, buses, trains and trams also cross over this bridge.

Can you still put love locks on the bridge in Cologne?

Yes, you can still add your love locks to the Hohenzollern Bridge, if you can find room that is!

cologne germany bridge at night

 

N Seoul Tower, Central Seoul, South Korea

The N Seoul Tower or the Namsan Seoul Tower is a communication and observation tower based on Namsan Mountain in Seoul and is 236m above sea level. Like the rest many locals and tourists flock here to attach their love lock onto the railings of the observation deck. The N Seoul Tower encourages couples to leave their mark by selling the locks and have installed ‘heart’ benches that dip in the middle so that it forces the couple who sit upon closer together.

Instead of throwing the keys off the top of the tower as this poses as a danger to those below there is a post box at the top of the tower to post your key to keep the lock from being unlocked. Posting the key is a great idea that could be adopted by many other famous love lock bridges sites so that it does not end up in the sea and pose a threat to marine life.

Where are the love locks in Seoul?

The love locks in Seoul are found on the observation deck on the N Seoul Tower.

Can you still put love locks on N Seoul Tower?

Yes, you can still add love locks to the lock trees or the railings at the top of the N Seoul Tower.

N Seoul Tower South Korea

The Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), Amsterdam

In Amsterdam there used to be a two love lock bridges. First there was the Magere Brug more commonly known as the Skinny Bridge in Amsterdam and the Staalmeesterbrug. From 2015 these locks have been removed due to the bridges not being able to operate properly as parts had been broken off.

Amsterdam is still a romantic city with its 165 canals and its ‘chocolate box’ houses. To symbolise your love with your partner in Amsterdam the tale goes that if you kiss your significant other whilst passing under the skinny bridge the love will last forever.

Where are the love locks in Amsterdam?

Previously the love locks were found on the Skinny Bridge in Amsterdam but they have since all been removed.

Can you still put love locks on the bridge in Amsterdam?

No, since 2015 Amsterdam officials have removed all locks in Amsterdam in worry that they will cause damage to the bridges like they did in Paris.

amsterdam skinny bridge

 

Butchers Bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Butchers Bridge overlooks the river Ljubljanica in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The bridge was designed in 1930 by architect Jože Plečnik and was finally opened in 2010. Since its opening Butchers Bridge has become a popular spot for tourists to attach their love padlock to the bridge.

Where are the love locks in Ljubljana?

The love lock bridge in Slovenia is called Butchers Bridge and crosses the river Ljubljanica facing the bigger ‘Dragon Bridge’.

Can you still put love locks on Butchers Bridge?

Yes, you are still allowed to put love locks on Butchers Bridge in Slovenia. This is one of the few bridges left where love locks are permitted and there is still some space left at this current time.

 

Brooklyn Bridge, New York, US

Brooklyn Bridge which opened in 1883 is part of the iconic New York City skyline and is a popular filming location for TV and film. Like many other love lock locations you are no longer allowed to attach love locks to Brooklyn Bridge.

The Department of Transportation said goodbye to the love locks after following suit of the Pont des Arts Bridge and after the weight of the locks snapped the street lights on the bridge due to the pressure and causing one of the lanes to close for two hours!

Where are the love locks in New York?

The love locks in New York used to be on Brooklyn Bridge in the Two Bridges district but have since been removed.

Can you still put love locks on Brooklyn Bridge?

No, like many other bridges around the world you can no longer put locks on Brooklyn Bridge. There is a fine of £100 for those caught locking their love locks.

Brooklyn Bridge New York

Ponte dell’Accademia, Venice, Italy

Like Paris, Venice is another romantic city that many couples travel to as a romantic gesture. There are many proposals and celebrations of anniversaries and to mark the special occasion what better way than to attach a love lock?

As you may have guessed like many other love lock bridges around the world it is illegal to do so in Venice. Like the other bridges across the world, Venice can’t take the weight of the sheer amount of love locks attached to the bridges which causes the historical structures to buckle under the weight.

Where are the love locks in Venice?

The love locks in Venice were on the Ponte dell’Accademia bridge over the Grand Canal outside the Accademia.

Can you still put love locks on the bridges in Venice?

No, it is not permitted to put love locks on the bridge in Venice as the structures are too weak to cope with the weight.

 

Love Lock Bridge Alternatives

The notion to lock in your love with your significant other with a love padlock is still a popular attraction for tourists. But with bridges and other historical structures unable to take the weight of thousands of love padlocks cities are turning to other ideas like the love lock trees in Moscow.

In Uruguay thousands of love locks have been secured onto a fountain placed on a street corner in Montevideo. So many so that the owner has renamed the fountain to ‘The Fuente de los Candados’ or the ‘Fountain of Locks’. In Toronto’s Distillery District they have turned the love locks into a piece of art by installing a metal railing with a heart shape and the word ‘Love’ spelled out for tourists to attach their love padlock.

 

The History of Love Lock Bridges

There are several tales and legends about where the history of love locks originated but most commonly the history refers back to Most Ljubavi, the love lock bridge in Serbia. The history is not one of love however but one of tragedy as a young couple fell in love and would meet on the bridge every night. Due to the war the man was sent away on duty for the military and whilst in Corfu fell in love with another woman.

The woman is believed to have died young with a broken heart and since young girls in Serbia would come to this bridge with their loves and engrave their initials onto a lock and lock it onto the bridge so that their love would be never ending.

 

The Future of Love Locks 2020

With many cities banning love locks not only as they are causing damage to the historical architecture but they are also adding to the excessive waste that is consuming earth. As the love lock tradition is to throw away the key often into the river below once locked.

The future of love locks is turning digital, there are a few websites out there that allow you to create a digital love lock. On these sites you can choose design and write a couple of lines and ‘attach’ these locks to ‘anywhere’ in the world. This allows couples to take part in the love lock tradition without causing any harm to the earth or risk being fined.

love locks around the world infographic

 

10 Most Famous Love Lock Locations

  • Most Ljubavi, Vrnjačka Banja, Serbia
  • Pont des Arts Bridge, Paris, France
  • Luzhkoz Bridge, Moscow, Russia
  • Huangshan, China
  • Hohernzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany
  • N Seoul Tower, Central Seoul, South Korea
  • The Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Butchers Bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Brooklyn Bridge, New York, US
  • Ponte dell’Accademia, Venice, Italy

 

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https://theculturetrip.com/europe/serbia/articles/heartbreaking-origin-love-locks/
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/love-padlocks-cologne-s-hohenzollernbruecke-bridge
https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Paris-love-locks-raise-thousands-at-auction
https://www.easemytrip.com/travel/10-of-the-most-famous-love-lock-destinations-in-the-world.html
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/feb/14/the-lock-of-love-padlocks-on-bridges

Is Airbnb Safe?

 

Every two seconds around the world someone books a room through Airbnb! It is currently has an estimated worth of over $35 billion and has big hotel chains quaking in their boots! Unlike hotels where the property has been designed for the comfort of frequent guests, Airbnb allows hosts to list their own homes for others to stay in whilst they aren’t there. So how do you stay safe when booking and staying in an Airbnb property?

 

Safety Checks when Booking

 

1.      Read the Reviews

Reading the reviews from previous guests and how much they rated it will give you a good indication of what the property was like and whether there were any problems. Airbnb only lets previous guests write a review so although it isn’t 100% guaranteed as reviews are so individual you can probably count on them to describe their own experience true to words.

 

2.      Weather and Travel Advice Check

Do your research on your chosen destination before booking to ensure that it is safe to travel and double check again in the days and weeks leading up to your trip. It is especially important if you are travelling to somewhere where there may be strikes e.g. political strikes and somewhere where extreme weather happens frequently.

 

3.      Travel Insurance

Straight after booking take out travel insurance. Should you get injured on holiday you don’t want to be left with a sore head and an empty wallet!

 

4.      Secure Payment

When booking, always pay through Airbnb rather than paying the host directly. Airbnb have a secure payment system that has a ‘multi-layer defence strategy’. Going through Airbnb ensures you won’t be subject to scams and they are able to offer refunds in some circumstances. Airbnb states that they will never ask you to wire money across or prove credit card information so if this does happen to you, report it to Airbnb immediately and do not send and money or reveal the information.

 

Safety Checks on Arrival

 

1.      Carry out a Property Safety Check

When you arrive at your accommodation walk through the property and do a risk assessment. Make note of where all the emergency equipment is, including the fire alarms and fire extinguisher. If you can’t find something important, contact the host immediately to ensure your safety.

 

2.      Emergency Numbers

Write down the local police and hospital/ emergency room numbers and addresses.
In an emergency, most people panic and make silly mistakes. Be prepared with the numbers to hand so if the worst were to happen you save time trying to locate the correct place.

 

Airbnb Community Standards

Airbnb has set values of trust they expect their hosts and guests to follow and have established them into five standards. These are – safety, security, fairness, authenticity and reliability. You can read these more in-depth here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/trust

 

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Trick or Treat!

Witches, ghosts, aliens and vampires! They’re not the only thing you should be wary about on October 31st! Halloween can be frightening for all the wrong reasons so make sure you’re not tricked into treating, take a look at our top tips below so that you and the children have a safe spooktacular time!

 

Costumes

  1. Make sure the costumes are correctly sized to avoid tripping.
  2. Choose lighter coloured costumes or add reflective tape to make the costume more visible in the dark. Bring a torch or get some glow sticks to add even more visibility.
  3. Masks can restrict your child’s view; perhaps try opting for face paint instead so they can see clearly.
  4. Check the weather, wrap up warm and bring an umbrella to avoid coming down with a cold.

 

Trick or Treating

  1. Ensure your children stick to the pavement, cross at dedicated crossings and never step out into the road from parked cars.
  2. Trick or treat in safe and well-known areas.
  3. Young children should always be accompanied when out trick or treating.

 

Traditionally a house was open to trick or treaters if they had a pumpkin outside, with those wishing not to partake in this often posting a sign in their window or on their door.

 

jack of laterns/ pumpkins stacked for halloween

 

If you wish to take part this Halloween, you can download a welcome trick or treat sign here!

If you don’t wish to participate head over to the Neighbourhood Watch website to download their sticker!

Sweets

  1. It’s best to avoid allowing your child to eat homemade treats as you do not know the full ingredients.
  2. Check over each of the sweets for anomalies, unfortunately there have been cases in the past where parents have found needles embedded into sweets that they have gathered from trick or treating.

 

Decorations

  1. Use battery powered candles instead of having an open flame to minimise the risk.
  2. Always supervise children when pumpkin carving.
  3. Don’t put any decorations on stairs to avoid the risk of tripping.

 

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Don’t forget to lock up and close your windows before you head off for a night of scaring! If you do unfortunately lose your keys give and get locked out, give us a call and we will get you back inside faster than you can say abracadabra!

Emergency Services Day

999 Day

 

Today is Emergency Services Day, which is part of the National Emergency Services Memorial – a registered charity. 999 Day or Emergency Services Day is something that takes place every year on the 9th hour of the 9th day, of the 9th month.

 

What is it about?

 

Emergency Services Day aims to raise awareness of all the hard work the emergency services do day in, day out. Through different events Emergency Services Day promote efficiency, educate the public on what the emergency services do and also aims to invite more volunteers as they are a vital part in keeping Britain safe.

 

What does Emergency Services Day do?

 

Volunteers are crucial to the emergency services! Emergency Services Day therefore promotes the different ways the public can get involved. The services volunteers provide include: the special constabulary, NHS community response, retained firefighting and the RNLI.

It also teaches the public essential skills on how to be safe in water, what to do if there was a fire, how to prevent crime and basic life saving skills.

 

How you can get involved…

 

The main event happens in Edinburgh on Sunday 8th September but there are smaller events happening up and down the country throughout the month of September. So search for a local event near you and support your local emergency services.

 

Who to Contact in an Emergency?

 

There are now four different emergency numbers you can contact in the UK, they are:

999 – Main Emergency Number: This number should only be used in an urgent situation, e.g. if someone was seriously ill, injured or if a crime was taking place. This number covers police, ambulance, coastguard, cliff, cave and mountain rescue.

112 – Additional Emergency Number: This number directs you to the exact same emergency call centre except this number will work on any mobile phone, anywhere in the world. 112 also works on landlines inside the UK.

101 – Non-Emergency Police Number: This is the number to use if there is no immediate danger.
For example, if your house has been robbed whilst you’re out and there is no sign of the intruder. This number can also be used if you need to ask the police a general enquiry.

111 – Non-Emergency Medical Number: This number is to be used for illnesses and injuries where there isn’t a risk to life. This number has replaced and expanded on the NHS Direct service that was in place beforehand.

 

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As Locksmiths we often get calls from homeowners asking us to change their locks as they have been broken into. Until the police have been round to the property we cannot come out and change the locks as this may tamper with vital evidence. Once this has been done we will readily replace the locks, our Engineers are fully accredited and are uPVC and wooden door specialists. After replacing the locks, our Engineers will carry out a free security check around your home offering you the best advice on how to keep your home safe.

 

https://www.999day.org.uk/
http://chandlersfordtoday.co.uk/emergency/

Camping Safety

How to Stay Safe when Camping

 

Morning campers! Heading off into the wilderness with your family or pitching up with your friends at a music festival may feel like your packing up house and home with all your belongings stuffed into the car! But how do you keep all yourself and your belongings safe when camping? Take a look at our top tips below!

 

1. Padlock

 

To lock or not to lock? A padlock may seem like a good idea to prevent thieves entering your tent but more often than not they cause more harm than good. A big, shiny padlock on your tent may look like you are trying to protect something valuable to a thief and rather than deterring someone, it may heighten their interest. It only takes one swipe of a penknife to gain access to a tent and then your little home for the week is ruined and your belongings taken. It’s better to not draw attention to your tent so ditch the padlock!

2. Lock it in the Car

 

Keeping your valuables locked up inside your car is definitely safer than keeping them inside your tent. Although not 100% secure from thieves, a vehicle is much harder to access. Keep your valuables out of sight from the windows and park your car up next to your tent or in a secure car park! It’s also a good idea to ensure your car keys are stored in a safe place.

 

3. Hide Small Stuff

 

No car to keep your valuables in? Hide your belongings around your tent in separate areas. For example, hide your keys in your dirty laundry, your smart phones in a pillowcase and split up your cash to hide in different locations around the tent. So if a thief does find their way into your tent and takes some of your valuables, the loss won’t be as high.

If you’re set up in a rural location, another great way to hide your valuables is to put them inside a waterproof pouch and hide it under a big rock or in a crook of a tree, a thief is not likely to look in these areas when snooping around your tent. However, this obviously isn’t full proof as someone may stumble across it, or you may forget to retrieve it before you go!

 

4. Get a Portable Safe

 

A portable safe is another way to keep your small valuables safe and dry when camping. But it’s in the name, a portable safe is portable. If you do decide to take a small safe with you, don’t forget to secure it something big and heavy so that a thief can’t just walk off with it. It is also worth securing your larger items such as bikes or a portable fridge with a heavy chain as these are often targeted by thieves in campsites.

 

5. Choose your Campsite Wisely

 

Research the campsite and the local area before you go. It will be useful to know if there is security on site and whether the site is located in a safe area. You can look up the recent crime stats in the local area by heading onto the Police website. You simply enter the campsite postcode and the site will generate how many crimes have happened within a certain time frame and will give you a general indication as to what the crimes were, e.g. bike theft.

camping, sunrise

6. Location in the Camp

 

As well as the location of the campsite, it is worth pitching your tent up in a secure location inside the site. Find a well lit spot that experiences heavy foot traffic, these spots are often in eyesight of the shower block or the car park. A thief is less likely to target a tent that is well lit with an audience, just ensure you keep all valuables out of sight.

 

7. Get Friendly with the Neighbours

 

Make friends with your neighbours when pitching up your tent and help them out if they need it. Making friends with nearby campers will give you another set of eyes on your tent and belongings so they will recognise whether someone should be there or not. You can also return them the favour if you see someone you don’t recognise from their party, ask a simple, friendly question. If it is a thief it will strongly deter their actions if they know someone is watching them.

 

8. Creative

 

Get creative with your tent safety; attach something noisy such as a bell or tie a few empty cans to your tent zip. This way if someone tries to enter your tent when you are sleeping the noise should wake you up and alert you to a possible intruder. Another way to prevent someone from entering your tent is by tying the two zips together from the inside; preventing the entrance from opening as the tabs cannot separate. Just ensure you can escape quickly should there be an emergency!

 

9. Tent Safety

 

We have looked at keeping your tent and belongings secure when camping, but what about your safety and the precautions that should be undertaken when pitching your tent?

BBQ’s and toasting marshmallows go hand in hand with camping but you should always be alert when near fire to avoid accidents. All tents should be distanced at least eight meters away from a fire pit; this is to prevent your tent catching fire from any rouge flames and to prevent it spreading across the camp. It is also important to keep objects and debris away from the flames if someone were to accidentally trip and fall into the fire. Furthermore, never light your BBQ or fire pit in a closed in space.

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Fires produce carbon monoxide, a dangerous gas that is termed the ‘silent killer’, reputed this name as you cannot hear, smell or see the gas. Stay safe and only light your fires out in an open space, far away from your tent.

 

Tent strings and pegs are also something to watch out for, especially in the pitch black when making a dash to the toilet. Take a reliable torch and a few spare batteries with you so you’re not caught out when you need it most. You could improve the visibility of your tent in the night time further by adding fluorescent Guy Lines or by sticking reflective tape to your tent strings and pegs, which could save you and your neighbours a potential fall.

10. Wilderness Safety

Camping outside means facing insects, animals and the elements, make sure you’re prepared with a fully stocked first aid kit that includes insect repellent and plenty of plasters and bandages, no doubt you and the youngsters will exploring the highs and lows of the forest!

Research the nearest emergency centres near your campsite too, so if you or a loved one were to have an accident you already know where to go. If you’re going camping abroad make sure you know the local emergency numbers and brush up on a few basic emergency words in the native language.

 

 

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