Protecting Your Home from Intruders During Summer
While longer days and shorter nights might make you feel a little more secure, it’s still important to remain vigilant. Nobody should live in fear of intruders, but you also can’t take security for granted.
So here are a few tips for keeping undesirables at bay and removing opportunities for opportunists.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
More often than not, burglars are looking for easy targets. They don’t want to scale walls, mess around with alarms or smash windows to gain access to a property. This can attract unwanted attention and adds an extra element of risk.
Most are simply opportunists. They see an open window, an unlocked car or an unsecured bike down an alleyway and take advantage. So if you take care to close curtains, secure windows and leave nothing on display, you are immediately making things more difficult for would-be intruders.
Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. If you don’t want somebody to gain access, then you need to make it as difficult as possible for them to get onto your property. Fences, a wall and even prickly bushes can act as a deterrent.
Intruders will usually want to get in and out of a property quickly and without detection. You can’t just hop over a seven foot fence, nor can you wade through a thick bramble bush. It is not the most technically advanced burglar prevention system, but it works.
Alarms and CCTV
If you really want to feel secure then you could do far worse than investing in a good security system. While it will be costly initially, the peace of mind it provides can prove to be invaluable. As well as an audible alarm that can alert neighbours, some are also linked directly to a security company or even local police. So even if you’re away on a summer holiday, your home is still protected.
Even having the box outside your home with its intermittent flashing light can prove to be a deterrent. After all, why would you take the risk of breaking into a property that has an obvious security system in place? By arming it every time you leave your home or head off to bed, you can rest that little bit easier.
Don’t Leave all Windows Open
In the winter we are all desperate to keep the heat in; however, when the summer months (eventually) roll in, temperatures rise and keeping cool becomes the priority. Invariably this means that more windows and doors are left open to allow air to flow through the home.
From a comfort point of view this can provide welcome respite, but from the security angle it is perhaps a little more questionable. At night it is important that ground floor level windows are secured, doors are shut and curtains are drawn. You may also wish to ensure that windows in any unoccupied rooms are closed as precaution.
Vigilance is often your most effective tool in the fight against intruders. While you should feel comfortable in your own home, it can be a mistake to assume that it is impenetrable. If you are hosting friends in the back garden, you may well have forgotten about access from the front of the property. While you are enjoying yourself, someone else might be helping themselves.
If you see something or someone suspicious, take note. It may be completely innocent, but it could also be the first warning sign. Joining a neighbourhood watch scheme, sharing stories and looking out for one another is a fantastic way to stay safe and build community awareness. It doesn’t cost a penny and it can also help you to build new friendships.
Check Your Locks
Double glazing and window locks provide a decent protective layer for any home. You can also look at bulking up your locks on front, back or any side doors too. This will provide a relatively inexpensive level of added security and can settle any fears about future break-ins.
As well as feeling secure and hopefully never having to deal with the devastating impact of a burglary, there are a range of other benefits to shoring up your home. Chief among these is a lowering in your contents cover.
While there are other factors at play, insurers look at improvements to security, including alarms and locks, and take these into account when providing a quote. After all, if access to your property is prohibitively difficult, the likelihood of a claim being made due to theft is significantly lower. So you may need to spend money to improve security, but this could well prove to be a worthwhile investment in the long-run.