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Home Security

How secure is your home?

 

As well as opportunistic burglaries, some burglars scope out a property beforehand, sometimes working with others. It's therefore important to think about what will ensure your home looks occupied at all times, that there aren't obvious places where a burglar can hide to asses the house, and that their entrance to the house is visible and difficult.

Ask yourself:

 

  • Is it obvious when you're on holiday or away from the home? For example, are your curtains always shut or is there lots of unopened post?

  • Are windows and doors left open, even if they're not easily accessible?

  • Do your windows and doors have visible locks?

  • How well lit is the outside of your home?

  • Is there a spare key that’s easily visible, or easy to find, such as underneath the plant pot or above the ledge on the door?

  • Are the lights on or off all the time, making it look like you're away?

  • Is accessing your house noisy for a burglar? For example, is there gravel?

  • Are there any ladders lying around that a burglar could use?

  • How secure is the shed or garage? Is it always kept locked with high-quality padlocks and security locks?

1. Visible Burgular Alarm - Most Effective!

Using an intruder alarm system provides a visible deterrent to intruders, while the modern technology used means you can integrate your alarm with your telephone line enabling the system to text you when the alarm is triggered!

 

A home alarm system can be a highly effective deterrent; 60% of burglars say they would be discouraged from targeting a house if they knew it had a home alarm.
 
So whether you’re going away on holiday, or simply turning the lights out after a long day at work, a fitted home alarm system can offer complete peace-of-mind, protecting both your belongings, and – most importantly – you and your family.

 

Standard Package - £290

 

Includes:

 

  • 1 x 20-Zone Control Panel

  • 2 x PIR Sensors

  • 2 x Window/Door Contact Sensors

  • 1 x External Siren Box (104dB with LED Strobe)

  • Tamper Alerts

  • 1 Year Parts and Labour Guarantee

  • Event Log with Time / Date Stamp

  • Telephone Alert (up to 3 numbers)

 

We are able to customise your set up to match your specific needs whether you need more PIR sensor or would like the added benefit of using a keyfob to arm/disarm your alarm or even a panic button fitted we can help!

Call Your Local Handyman® today to discuss your requirements in more detail

 

 

2. Smoke Alarms / Carbon Monoxide Monitors

Burglars aren't the only home hazard - a good smoke alarm also gives peace of mind!

 

Its worth thinking about getting a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide monitor.

 

A property should be fittted with at least 2 smoke alarms, 1 at the top and 1 at the bottom of the stairs.

 

There should also be at least 1 carbon monoxide monitor fitted near the boiler but it is a good idea to fit extra monitors near any other gas appliances in the property.

 

Standard Package - £75

 

Includes:

 

  • 2 x smoke alarms supplied, fitted and tested

  • 1 x Carbon Monoxide Monitor supplied, fitted and tested

 

Call Your Local Handyman® today to discuss your requirements in more detail

3. Security Lights

Outdoor lights, either ones that are switched on manually or those that are set off by movement, are a good way to ensure a burglar is more visible, which will help to put them off. 

 

For indoor lighting, the key thing is to make sure that a burglar thinks people are in the house, even when they're not. Timers, which can be used to turn lights on and off around the home, as well as TVs and/or radios.

 

Just make sure these are in sync around your home, such as turning the light off five minutes after the TV goes off.

 

It's also worth getting a friend or neighbour to come into your home as often as possible when you're away to open and close curtains and take any visible post inside, or use Royal Mail's Keepsafe service. Also, if you have a spare car, leave it in a visible place while away

 

Standard Package -  From £85

 

Includes:

 

  • 1 x 400w PIR Floodlight Supplied and Fitted 

  • 1.5mm 3 core cable and UK plug

 

(Installations such as hardwiring will require a site visit and a quote offered)

 

Call Your Local Handyman® today to discuss your requirements in more detail

  • Ensure the door frames and doors are solid. Your external doors should be at least 4.4cm thick and hung with 10cm hinges.

  • Doors should ideally be fitted with a five-lever mortise deadlock tested to BS 3621.

  • Doors with glass panels are less secure, but can be fitted with laminated glass or plastic glazing film for extra protection.

  • If you're getting new doors, get door sets (the door itself, frame and locks) that are Pas 24 certified. 

  • Fit a chain or a latch to the door, and opt for a viewer so you can check who’s there before letting them in.

  • Letter boxes should be fitted 40cm from the door lock and valuables and keys shouldn't be within sight of it - an internal cover plate will offer extra protection.

 

Call Your Local Handyman® today to discuss your requirements in more detail

4. Door Security
5. Window security
  • Windows with key-operated locks may put burglars off, but do hide the keys out of sight

    Easily accessible windows should ideally be fitted with double glazing.

  • Laminated glass or plastic glazing film is harder to break, so consider this for easily accessible windows.

  • Windows with key-operated locks on show may put burglars off, but remember to hide the keys out of sight and somewhere the burglar can't reach if the glass is broken.

  • Remember that whether you're in or not, a burglar can see into your home more easily if the lights are on and it's dark outside, so consider getting net curtains or hiding valuables from sight.

 

Call Your Local Handyman® today to discuss your requirements in more detail