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How can I improve my home security?

This is a question I’m asked a lot, and my advice is to undertake a security survey of your home or ask me to come and take a look, so I can identify any areas that could be improved.

Let’s start with the basics.

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Are locks in place on all external doors and windows?

Doors and windows are always the starting point for any property survey as your home insurance could be invalid if you don’t have properly fitted locks. This includes any external doors such as patio, conservatory and garage doors.

Closely examine each access point to make sure it’s fitted with the most appropriate lock and that the lock is in good working order. Also check the condition of your windows and doors.

If misplaced keys are a common problem in your household, think about installing Smart home security locks instead. Entry systems that use fobs, swipe cards or PIN entry codes could be the answer to your lost key problems.

Check the condition of windows and doors

As well as making sure locks are in good condition, you should also examine window and door frames for wear and tear.

Wooden frames should be monitored for any damp or rotten patches. A more practical solution could be to replace ageing wood with uPVC as it’s durable and secure. uPVC requires no maintenance and stays looking good for years.

Fit a home security solution

A security alarm that’s visible on the outside of your house will deter potential intruders and can be linked up to alert local authorities in the event of a break-in.

Today’s smart home security solutions can include lighting, alarms and CCTV - all managed by a PC, laptop or mobile device – so you can control security from anywhere.

A solution such as a Visonic PowerMax wireless home security system will let you manage all aspects of your home security from a user-friendly keypad, PC program or any remote touch-tone or cellular phone.

This home automation system is insurance-rated so if you are looking for an insurance approved system, then this will cover it. It will protect up to 30 zones with virtually any combination of Visonic equipment. It can support a wide range of detection devices including wireless passive infrared (PIR), pet-immune motion detectors, glass break, gas, smoke and flood detectors, and door/window magnetic contacts.

Install outside lights

Finally, check to see if there are any dark corners for intruders to hide outside your property. Installing outside lights will act as a deterrent and should be positioned so they cover all access points to your home.

Motion-activated or dusk to dawn sensors are handy as they’ll automatically come on when you get to the front door. And if you’re going to be away for any length of time, you can put both outside and internal lights on a timer, so it will appear the property is occupied.

Would you like expert advice on how to secure your property?

If you’d like to find out how the latest home security products can improve the security of your home, contact Stuart at Rocks Locks. Stuart will conduct a FREE home security survey and provide advice on the best security solutions to meet your needs and budget.

Call Stuart on 07900 335525 or visit www.rocks-locks.co.uk

 

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