When you have a break in it can be quite traumatic. Even if nothing gets taken from your house there has still been a stranger – a potentially violent stranger – in your home where all your things are. This is so disconcerting and can feel like a violation of your private space. Your home is your palace and if your home looks ‘open’ to others then you are vulnerable. Homes are especially vulnerable in quiet country areas and those belonging to the more wealthy residents, such as London and the South East. Making sure you have properly fitted windows by double glazing Maidstone means you could ensure your windows are secured, double glazed and fitted correctly can make such a difference in the eyes of a burglars.
Don’t leave your keys or ID documents within easy reach of doors, letterboxes or windows. You don’t want to make it easy for anyone to get easy access and using a window fitter make sure the locks are secure and even getting frosted windows fitted is a good idea. Close and lock all doors and windows. If you have multi-locking door handles, lift the handle, lock it with the key and remove it. Put the key in a safe place out of sight in case of fire. Lock garages and sheds so garden tools and ladders can’t be used to break into your home. If you’ve recently had window locks fitted make sure you call in a proper window fitter and they will be able to ensure the locks won’t break or be easily broken. Keep side gates locked and wheelie bins stored behind them so that the gate isn’t easily accessible.
Use timer switches linked to lights and a radio so it appears that someone is at home especially if you are planning a long holiday. Giving the impression that you are home as well as having someone check in on the house while you’re gone. Invest in a safe for valuables and sentimental items and securely fix it to a solid surface. You can put passports and birth certificates in here as well that way in case of flood or fire your special documents are protected. Install a visible intruder alarm system and make sure it’s bold enough to be seen from outside – burglars don’t want to be seen or heard. Install low level ‘dusk till dawn’ lighting to increase visibility and deter burglars. Keep side and rear boundaries high to restrict access and front boundaries low to remove hiding places. Photograph and mark valuables and sentimental items with your postcode and house number/name.
All of these points can ensure your home stays relatively safe and including the best methods of protection like gravel around the outside of the house can create a noise alert. Your home needs to be protected at all times, so make it happen.