Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Top Tips to keep your home safe this half term
At some point in our hectic parent-scramble brain lives we have done something completely stupid, like parking your car and leaving the boot wide open only to find that you forgot to close it when you return to the car? Yes, i've done that.. but only once!!
How about going out and leaving your front door unlocked? i've done that a few times too!
I like to think we live in a pretty safe area but i've heard a few stories and it's made me realise that you can never be too careful when it comes to securing your home, especially when you are going away traveling and leaving your house empty for a week or more!
As February half term is coming up and so many lucky people are going away I thought it would be good to share some simple tips on how to keep your home secure while you're away from it. I hope this helps!
1. Let there be Light!
This is a great and cheap way to keep burglars from choosing your home to intrude upon.
Install outdoor lights all around your home including the back garden. Purchase a good security light which has sensors making it light up when somebody walks up to your home.
2. Home Security System
There are many Home Security Systems available, I have been looking up online and found a few, all in different price ranges. I personally like the look of the Panasonic Smart Homes System, it allows you to monitor and control your home from your tablet or smartphone when you're away or even just out for the evening. I like this one mostly because it looks easy to install
3. Replace old Locks
You don't have to get in touch with a locksmith for this, there are cheaper ways of doing it. Call into your local Homeware store and see what is available. Be sure to buy only good solid locks rather than the cheaper flimsy locks that some discount stores may sell. Safety Chains are also great for extra security, I have always had one in my homes.
4. Going away?
Most burglaries happen when the home owners are away on Holiday. Try to make sure your home doesn't look neglected when you are away. Cancel the Milk and Newspapers. Set lights and radio to come on for a few hours in the evening. Maybe ask a Neighbour to collect your post for you? You can return the favour for them when they are away.
Remember to shut ground level windows. Especially in the Summer months when you may have many windows open around the home that could easily be forgotten about.
Close and Lock all the windows in the home if you are going to be away overnight.
I'm sure there's many things i've missed out but these things are what springs to my mind first, some may be very obvious things to remember but in the excitement of going on holiday some of these things could be forgotten about. If you are going away this half term please remember to secure your home so you can return to it just the way you left it :-)