Each year, one in seven households has something stolen from their garden according to crime statistics.
It’s hardly surprising, as a typical garden can often have up to £5,000 of goods on display if you take into account table and chairs, barbecues, water features and expensive shrubs.
Two 6ft bay trees that cost £200 each were recently removed from one garden while Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire now only keeps its rare snowdrops (street value £100) on limited display as they have had so many stolen.
About *60% of burglaries occur when there is nobody at home
Before you can relax on your holiday, you need the peace of mind of knowing your home is safe in your absence. From securing windows and doors to cancelling the milk, here are a few points to consider.
If the entrance to your home is below street level and concealed from view, it can cause security issues as intruders will have a degree of privacy when they check out your property.
Fortunately, there are a number of different ways you can improve the security of your basement flat.
From door and window locks to alarms and access systems, all your traditional home security products are being reinvented with the use of current technologies.
Wireless smart door locks are becoming increasingly popular as they offer a whole new level of convenience. You don’t need a key; you can just use your smartphone or enter a PIN. Some smart locks even automatically unlock your door as you walk up – great for when you’ve got your hands full.
As a Local Emergency Locksmith, I often get called out to assist the Surrey Police in securing a property following a police raid, a break in or due to an incident of anti-social behaviour that has resulted in damage to property, compromising the security of a building.
As October is National Home Security Month, we are supporting this campaign by providing some advice and guidance on how to conduct your own security check this month. It is also advised to annually check your home and contents insurance policies are still valid and are providing as much cover as you think they are.