Securing your home against break-ins does not have to be expensive and a lot of our suggestions may seem like common sense, but it is amazing how many people do not even do the basics.
Fact: 33% of burglars enter through the front door, so this should be your first port of call.
Make sure the frame of your door is secure, as there is no point having the best locks if the frame will give way at the first sign of force.
You should also ensure the hinges to the door are protected and preferably not exposed.
A good standard lock is a 5-lever mortise lock which is a favourite amongst locksmiths worldwide and is one of the most recommended locks for good reason.
Windows are the next most common method of entry and should be secured with window locks.
Most windows these days are fitted with double glazed windows, but the locks fitted to these are often sub-standard, but can be replaced with key operated levers to help increase security. Ground floor and first floor windows should be secured first, with special consideration given to windows above flat roofs.
Most burglaries are committed during daylight hours, but it also pays to have your house well-lit at night to put off potential burglar’s.
You may wish to install a security system, either as a DIY installation using wireless technology to save on wiring or a professional system.
Before you decide on any system you should put yourself in the shoes of a potential burglar, and work around your house looking for potential entry points. Pay particular attention to entry points that are not visible from the road or neighbouring properties.