Your home is your sanctuary and should be a place where you can put your feet up and relax. Relaxation, however, doesn’t come easily when you don’t feel safe. If you’ve got your burglar set up but are looking for alternate methods of safeguarding your home, we’ve put together some of the best tips we can when it comes to security.
Keep up Curb Appeal
Keeping your lawn as neat and tidy as possible will be a huge deterrent when it comes to burglary. Most thieves will look towards houses that have places to hide; shrubbery or bushes that are left uncared for are definitely easy places to disguise yourself and will probably result in an unwanted break in. You’ll usually find that neatly trimmed trees and mowed open spaces are much less appealing to those that might wish to steal from you – make sure you trim any trees that could provide access to upper stories.
Is Anybody Home?
One of the best ways to prevent a burglary is to pull a Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone and make it look like someone is absolutely in the house. Let’s face it, even the bravest thief will avoid a house that looks full of life. If you’re going on holiday it might be a good idea to arrange a neighbour to park their car in your driveway, or perhaps see if you can stop post to your home for the week. If you’re little a less worried about your energy bill, it might be a good idea to set the radio to turn on at a certain time, leave the TV turned on or perhaps time your gate automation system to open and close at different times during the day.
Securing your house with cameras doesn’t have to break the bank, especially not in 2016. It’s extremely cheap to set up a home security system these days, you can even set one up for your pets! With this in mind, it’s a great way to keep an eye on everything while you’re away. Installation is fairly easy, you can usually find systems that are DIY and won’t require tricky installation. Some security providers actually offer cameras, so check with your system provider to find out what your options are.
It’s actually surprisingly easy to pick a lock, especially those that haven’t been updated for a number of years. One of the main techniques here is something called ‘lock bumping’, this is the process of opening a pin tumbler lock with a specially-crafted key that has been worn down to shallow peaks. The peaks then line up with most standard pin tumbler locks and, when struck with force, opens the door. Make sure you update your locks every so years or install motion sensors at the front door.