With fewer hours of daylight, it is no surprise criminals use this as a prime opportunity to make their move. Typically, the number of break-ins across the UK increases when it gets darker earlier (on average a burglary occurs every two minutes in the month of November).
Although the risk of burglary differs according to the type of property and level of security that is already in place, it is worth taking the necessary precautions in order to best protect yourself and your family.
To prevent break-ins, I’ve been working with Doncaster locksmith SF Locksmiths to discuss ways in which to improve home security. Stephen operates throughout the Doncaster area as well as covering Rotherham and Barnsley too. He has built a reputation as being a trustworthy, reliable locksmith that can help with lock repairs, lock fittings and much more.
See below for our 6 tips to keeping your home secure.
1. Ensure your house alarm works
Although this may seem obvious Stephen has visited many properties after a break-in where a house alarm had been present but not working. Well over half of all attempted burglaries on a house with an alarm are unsuccessful, the burglar being scared off for one reason or another. A working alarm is quite possibly one of the best deterrents to warn off any criminals, so ensue yours is in full working order.
2. Check your locks
The first point of entry for any burglar will be the front and back doors. Are yours securely locked? Do they meet British Standards Institute (BSI) BS-3621? Don’t assume that just because your doors are locked, they are protecting you as there are certain factors that can compromise the security of your locks including lock-snapping, lock-bumping and lock-drilling. Incorrectly fitted locks can also leave you vulnerable. A quick audit of your locks allows you to spot any problems and get them sorted.
3. Inspect doors
Your doors should provide one of the strongest forms of defence possible. So, take a look at the condition of your doors. Have they dropped? Is the glass intact? If they are made from timber, have they been treated recently to prevent rotting? Freezing temperatures often cause uPVC doors to shrink, making them stick or have trouble fitting in their frames. If this is the case call a local locksmith who may be able to repair your door mechanism and save you hundreds without the need of replacing your entire door.
4. Remove temptation
Many thieves will strike even if they spot the smallest of opportunities. Don’t leave car or house keys on view, burglars have been known to break in to steal keys in order to access the house to take larger items. Make it difficult for burglars to see in to your house with things like privacy blinds and curtains and of course don’t forget to always lock doors and windows when you’re outside the house or not at home.
5. Invest in quality locks
There are plenty of locks available on the market and some more trusted than others. Don’t choose to skimp on quality when it comes to investing in such important home security. SF Locksmith advises to search for a lock that meets British Standards ensuring it has been tested to the highest possible degree. Brands like Ultion are slightly more expensive but the quality and benefits are considerable.
6. Install outdoor security
Security lighting offers a raft of benefits and works effectively to deter intruders, providing it is sited in the optimum position and installed by a competent person. CCTV systems can also be used not only as a deterrent but also as a means of justice. It can help you keep an eye on unwanted visitors and suspicious behaviour; most systems now come with an app allowing you to monitor your home wherever you are.
If you’re on the lookout for a reliable locksmith or perhaps just want a chat about home security SF Locksmiths cover the entire South Yorkshire region. Call them today on 01302 378 067 or visit them at www.sf-locksmiths.com
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