Christmas was a shocking time when it came to home security. Two very good friends were both burgled just before the Christmas, in one instance a garage where Christmas presents had been stored was broken into, with all the presents, including expensive go karts and bicycles. In the second instance, burglars entered a home through a kitchen window and took car keys, laptops, mobile phones and gifts. It is hard to believe that anyone could be so cruel as to do this to a family, and especially at that time of year, but it is proof that now, more than ever, we need to look very carefully at our home security.
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As we enter a new year it is worth checking your home security. Here are a few pointers for things you can look out for in your home.
Don’t leave your windows vented
It is quite common for people to leave windows vented to let some air in. This is fine if you are home, but you should still ensure windows are closed completely when you leave the house. Burglars only need a very small opening to get into your home – don’t make it easy for them.
Check on all storage spaces outdoors
With many children having new bikes for Christmas, outhouses, sheds and storage boxes all become fair game. Make sure you have good locking systems in place – double padlocks, locks with alarms fitted or locks that work with a code and a keypad all help keep your belongings a little safer.
Have an alarm – use it.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people have alarms systems and then fail to use them. An alarm is a deterrent that means that burglars will think twice about entering a home that has an alarm system. And yes, they can be annoying when they go off, but, like a car alarm, they are just doing their job.
Keep important documents well hidden
A safety deposit style box, a mini safe, or, if you have a home office, a locked filing cabinet. Any one of these should provide a safe and secure place to store important documents like passports, birth certificates and any insurance policies.
Do you have any tips for home security? Would love for you to share them in the comments below.