How I Keep My Family Home Safe & Secure

We never like to think about our homes being burglarised. In fact, it’s one of the scariest things you can imagine. But, that doesn’t mean you should ignore it. I believe in preparing for the worst, and making sure your family is safe and sound. That’s why we go to great lengths to ensure our property is secure. It’s always worth investing in a few security devices and upgrades when it comes to home security. There’s nothing more important than your family’s safety, and it’s easier than you think. Here’s how we stay safe at home.


I’m very careful when we’re away

Most burglars aren’t criminal masterminds. They usually local, and they’re taking a chance. With that in mind, they’re most likely to break in while you’re away. Most amateur burglars won’t risk breaking into the house while people are at home. So, you need to be careful about advertising the fact that your house is empty. There are lots of giveaways when you’re on holiday. Simple things like lights left off all day and post building up. Try not to leave any obvious patterns, and keep automatic lights on while you’re away.

Make it hard to break in

Most burglars will look for quick and easy ways to get in. Open windows and unlocked doors are an easy invitation. With that in mind, always try to keep doors and windows locked and shut. If you’re particularly worried, speak to a locksmith, and have the locks changed. Ask for solid deadbolts and heavy duty locks. That might just give you some extra peace of mind. You can also strengthen the door jambs, and double glaze your windows.

Security devices

Simple security devices are often enough to deter would-be thieves. A small CCTV camera will instantly put off amateurs and chancers. You can even buy decoy cameras at a relatively low price, which often work very well. Many newer CCTV cameras will stream direct to your smartphone, so you can always monitor what’s happening. I also suggest purchasing a reliable home alarm system. These safety features will also add value to your home.

Neighbourhood watch

There’s a certain comfort in knowing that your neighbours are looking out for you and your home. Take the time to get to know the folks next door, and along your street. If you’re going away, ask them to keep an eye out for suspicious activity. You can even organise a neighbourhood watch group to stay on top of things. When the whole community looks out for each other, you’re in much safer company.

Illumination

Finally, try to keep the outside of your home illuminated at all times. Burglars will target houses that have plenty of dark hiding spaces. Bright lights make it very difficult for them to creep up and hide in the shadows. A bright light and CCTV cameras will deter thieves almost immediately.

It might sound like overkill, but you can never be too careful when it comes to your family. Take the precautions that you need to feel safe. Don’t take any chances, and work with the community to boost safety.