7 tips to secure your home
With £150m being spent on home security across the UK annually, it is evident that feeling secure in our homes is important to many of us. However, when placing security measures in and around your home, knowing where to start can be daunting.
In our latest blog, we share 7 simple and easy home security tips that will significantly increase your chances of ensuring your home is more secure than ever.
1.) Eliminate possible hiding places around your home
While tall trees and burly bushes may give your home character and seclusion from neighbours, they also remain to be the perfect hiding spot for a thief. Instead, replace these will shorter hedges and flower arrangements that give your house all the character without the cover.
2.) Strengthen and secure your doors
According to research undertaken by Money Supermarket, 74% of all burglars stroll straight through the front door – don’t give them a helping hand! Inspect all of your entry points to ensure that door frames are strengthened, and hinges are protected. Check that your letterbox isn’t leaving you vulnerable to someone reaching through and unlocking the door.
3.) Upgrade your window latches
Windows can come with latches that are ineffective when it comes to in protecting your home. Consider key-operated levers or adding locks. You could also consider:
- Reinforced glass with window security film – Security window film protects you and your property against intruders. It can be easily fitted to most existing glazing with minimal disruption.
- Install window or glass break sensors.
- Add window bars.
4.) Shine a light
Darkened areas are the perfect hiding spot for burglars to hide away from neighbours and pedestrians. Consider adding motion sensor lighting to deter any potential intruders. With the added benefit of not stumbling through your driveway, place lights around your front and back gardens, as well as near any other outhouses or garages.
As well as lighting up the outside of your home, Control4 home automation systems allow you to automate your home in a range of ways. Need to put on the lights in the TV room to create the illusion of being home? Tap a button and it will be like you never left.
5.) Set up a security system
Whether it is simply a home alarm system or CCTV cameras dotted around your building for an extra layer of security as well as peace of mind, you can be rest assured that wherever you are in the world, your home will only be the tap of a button away.
We recommend using a security camera with a mobile app, so you can see footage in real time and store it if you ever need to go to the police.
6.) Install a safe
Make sure your valuables are protected in the unfortunate event of a break in. Ensure that the home safes can be fire-resistant, waterproof and extremely heavy, making it unlikely for a thief to be able to walk away with it. However, anchored safes are also a viable option.
7.) Secure your Wi-Fi network
Your Wi-Fi network can be a gateway to all kinds of sensitive information. Lots of security products home automation systems are connected via an internet connection and can be potentially vulnerable to attacks. Keep hackers out with these simple steps:
- Open your router settings page.
- Create a unique password on your router.
- Change your Network’s SSID name.
- Enable Network Encryption.
- Reduce the Range of the Wireless Signal.
- Upgrade your Router’s firmware.
- Enable WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) or WPA2 encryption.
- Rename and hide your home network.
- Use a firewall.
- Install antivirus and anti-malware protection.
- Create strong passwords.
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