Buying a home is a major financial and emotional investment. Not only is it the place you come back to at the end of the day, but it’s also where most of your worldly possessions are stored. Therefore, it can prove beneficial to ensure that your property is fully protected.
Indeed, it’s an unfortunate fact that the biggest threat to your home is burglary, with property crimes accounting for the biggest percentage of offences in the UK. However, it has been identified that homes with security measures in place are at a much lower risk of being targeted than those which are not protected.
As a result, it’s worthwhile spending a bit of time and money in ensuring your home is as secure as it can be. And, in addition to reducing the likelihood of burglary, by employing some anti-theft devices around your property, you may also be able to reduce your home insurance premium.
Although there are determined thieves out there, the harder you make it for them to break in, the less likely they will target your home. So, when thinking about which devices to employ, make sure they are noisy and/or difficult to get through.
For example, fitting a visible burglar alarm is a great way to deter thieves. There are a number of different ones available, ranging from simple noise-making alarms to the more high-tech models, which are linked to your local police station. It is worth researching to find one that best matches your individual requirements.
However, it is important to understand that windows are one of your property’s weakest entry points. Consequently, it’s essential you take every precaution possible to reinforce yours. For instance, planting heavy shrubbery or using thick, spiky hedges can be a great deterrent, but you should be careful not to obscure the window and as such, a thief at work.
Ensuring all your doors and windows have adequate locks fitted is another must. The best locks for doors are dead locks, whilst it’s sensible to have key locks put onto any windows. It is important to note that they should be secured even when you’re in the property.
Often thieves can be encouraged by what they see through people’s windows. The best way to avoid enticing them in is to not leave any valuables lying in full view. So, any money, jewellery or even televisions and computers should be kept out of the way of your windows.
Alternatively, you could install window shutters. In fact, there are many advantages in doing so: acting as a physical barrier for any burglars, they can also protect you against the cold or external noise from the street or neighbours, as well as provide you with an extra level of privacy.
Regardless of which measures you put in place in your home, it’s important to remember that the more protected you are, the less chance you have of inviting thieves into your home. Therefore, make sure you act to defend yours as far as possible.