Don’t become complacent about home security during lockdown
Rocks Locks are often called upon to assist the Surrey Police in emergency situations where forced entry has made the property and residents insecure and vulnerable.
With so many of us staying at home due to the current restrictions, burglars haven’t had so much opportunity to invade our homes, but during these challenging times, it is perhaps easy to become complacent about home security.
As the weeks go by in lockdown, most of us have fallen into a daily routine that may take us out of the home at the same time every day. This presents a window of opportunity for burglars, so don’t make it easy for them to make your home a target, flex your outdoor time. Leave the home at different times of day. If taking your daily exercise, use different routes, and vary the amount of time you are out of the house.
In addition to flexing the time you spend outdoors, we also recommend that you continue to regularly check your home security; inside and outside the home, external buildings and boundaries.
Here are a few security measures to think about:
Doors are the most common entry points for a burglar, so don’t leave a key out for them! Experienced thieves know exactly where to search for spare keys that are often hidden by home owners near to the entrance of their property. It’s also not unusual for people to forget to lock their doors or leave a key within easy reach of the lock.
Close your windows, even if you are only out for 30 minutes
A window left unlatched will soon be spotted by an eagle-eyed burglar. Or they can simply smash their way in, especially if you don’t have strong window locks.
Windows are a fragile entry point. You would be surprised at how many burglars enter homes through first-floor windows as well as ground floor. A nearby tree, or easy access to a ladder, will enable burglars to enter through upper windows.
You should always secure first floor windows in the same way as you do lower ones and fit sturdy locks on them. You could also install reinforced glass to protect against potential break-ins or fit window sensors or alarms to provide added security.
Lock the access door to your garage
Another often vulnerable access point to gain entry to the home is through the garage. It’s important to make sure the garage is always kept locked and install a robust lock on the internal door that gives access to your home – and don’t leave the garage door opener in your car!
You may also want to invest in a sturdier garage door that is more durable – one made of fibreglass, wood or metal is best. For increased security, you could install a programmed entry code system.
Secure gates and boundaries
How easy is it to access your garden? If you have a garden gate, check it is bolted and padlocked, ideally using a top and bottom lock. Also check for any damage to fencing bordering your property, as this could compromise your security if there are access points in the boundary.
Also consider how to better secure your shed and any outbuildings. If your shed, garage or outbuilding doesn’t have an electricity supply, there are battery powered alarms available.
Further security tips
You will want to make sure you have the toughest locking systems you can afford on all doors, windows and other entry points into the home such as through a garage. You may also want to invest in additional security devices such as CCTV cameras, infrared motion sensors and more lighting outdoors.
By strengthening the security at all of the above entry points, you will reduce the risk of falling victim to burglary and will help to keep your family and valuables safe.
Rocks Locks Security Surveys will be available once restrictions are eased
If you’d like to find out how the latest home security products can improve the security of your property, contact Stuart at Rocks Locks. Once restrictions are eased, 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.
In the meantime, stay safe, keep well and stay home.