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Top tips for making your home safe and secure12th March 2015

Door lockNobody wants to feel unsafe in their home; your abode should be a secure sanctuary where you can relax without the fear of intruders. 

There are very simple things that can be done in order to protect your home and make you and your loved ones feel safer. Most burglars will look for an easy way in to your home so it’s extremely important to start by securing all doors and windows. 

If you leave doors unlocked and windows open – even if only slightly ajar – you’re asking for trouble. Why? According to research, two thirds of burglars gain entry through a door and one third get in through a window. 
Here’s how to secure these entrances:

Secure your front door

There are a number of ways that you can maximise security on your front door. Ever heard of an automated rim latch lock, otherwise known as a night latch? Well, now you have and you should make it a priority to fit one to your front door. Night latches can be opened from the inside without a key but a burglar will struggle, unless of course they manage to open the latch by reaching inside the letterbox. Be sure to install a letterbox cage to prevent burglars tampering with locks.

Make outside doors stronger

You now know how to secure your front door but what about your back door? If it has glass panels then replace these panels with laminated glass to make them more difficult to break. You may also want to fit hinge bolts to your doors for additional security.

Fit window locks with keys

Whether you decide to do this throughout your entire house in order to make your feel completely safe is up to you, however it is essential to do this on downstairs windows as well as any that are easy to reach. It might seem like common sense to keep window keys out of sight, but many people often leave keys in the locks or on the window sill. Make sure you keep the keys in a safe place that is not visible to passers-by who could potentially see an easy way in.

Always lock up

Burglars are opportunists and will therefore look for unlocked doors or opened windows to get in. Even if you’re popping out briefly, you should always lock up. Spend time checking windows are not only shut tight, but locked too. All doors and windows should be locked, no matter how nice your neighbourhood is. 

Always take your key with you when you leave the house; as tempting as it is to leave it under the doormat or a flowerpot, these are the first places a burglar will look. 

Install a security device

In order to truly secure your home, you should install a burglar alarm, and not just anywhere. A visible alarm will frighten off burglars so be sure to have it fitted in a very obvious place. 

Alarm systems are a worthwhile investment in the protection of not only your home but your family too. Studies show that there’s less chance of you becoming the victim of a burglary at home if you have a correctly fitted and well-maintained burglar alarm. 

If you’re looking for an alarm system, look no further than AVA Security. This security specialist has years of experience designing and installing the latest security systems for a wide variety of homes, businesses and buildings. To learn more about enhancing your security, contact AVA today. 

About the authors

AVA SecurityAVA Security are experts in designing, fitting and maintaining your fire, security and CCTV systems. With over 30 years in the security industry, you can rely on AVA to help keep your home or business safe.

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