Tips for keeping your home safe
The best advice we can give you is to look at your house as a burglar would. Where are the points of weakness? How easy would it be to get in and out — and to find valuable and easy-to-steal items like keys and cash.
Here are our top tips for protecting your home:
- If you have a gate, keep it closed and in good repair. It’s the first thing any would-be burglar will spot, and they will judge how secure the rest of your house is from this first impression. If you don’t have a gate, maybe you could consider getting one installed?
- Get decent locks on your front and back doors — and more than one on each door if possible. If a burglar thinks the front of your house looks vulnerable, they’ll almost certainly find that the back is, too.
- Don’t leave ground-floor windows or doors open in the house — even if you’re in (and especially if you’re in your yard or garden). Sneak thieves will look for these kinds of opportunities and can be in and out in just a few seconds.
- If you have a dog, think hard about whether to put up a ‘beware of the dog’ sign (or if you have a cat, an ‘I love cats’ notice). It could actually indicate that you don’t have an alarm, or worse, that you leave your back door open for your pet. It’s worth noting that Kings’ alarms can be fitted with pet sensors, if required.
- Don’t leave your keys near the front door (on a hall table or another obvious place in your home) — especially at night. Burglars look for keys above big, bulky items, since they can take them away easily for a return visit in the near future!
- Store cash and jewellery carefully, avoiding obvious places like bedside tables. This is the first place that a burglar will look.
- To avoid false alarms, keep your alarm sensors free from dust, cobwebs and spiders!
- Consider having a second (false) alarm box on the back of your house, so that it looks as secure from the rear as it does from the front.