Being a mum, keeping your family safe is a huge part of being a parent. We can baby proof our homes and ensure we’re watching our children when we head outdoors but when was the last time you thought about the security in and around your home?
Crime is often on the increase, and it can be a scary thing. But did you know that there are some easy, cost effective steps we can all take to make our homes look a little less appealing to any potential thieves or chancers!
Securing your doors
My own front doors have seen better days and the handle was looking a little worse for wear. It was keeping me up at night worrying about the security of my home, so I ordered a new composite door, which is sturdy, and looks pretty impenetrable too! I instantly felt much better. Did you know that around 33% of burglars simply enter through the front door?
So, take this opportunity to check not just your front door, but all the doors in your home. Are the frames sturdy? Are the hinges in good condition? If you have a letterbox in your front door, is it possible to unlock the front door via the letter slot? Everyone wants a pretty entrance to their home, but don’t sacrifice safety for style. If you don’t have a peephole in your door or a lock with a chain, or deadbolt then get one installed as soon as possible.
Windows can often be a liability when it comes to home security. Many are flimsy, or the locks are weak, some window panes can even be removed! Consider replacing them with strong locks or key operated handles. And don’t forget to keep your windows locked whenever you leave the house! You may only be popping to the shops – but that can be all it takes for an opportunist to strike!
Make sure there’s nowhere to hide
You might be proud of your landscaped garden. But did you know that large bushes and overgrown trees or gardens are the ideal places for burglars to hide! Make sure you eliminate any potential hiding places by keeping your garden, bushes and trees well maintained. Instead, opt for smaller plants instead and consider installing a movement activated light system that will illuminate any dark areas in your front or back yard.
Invest in a security system
Every home should have some kind of security system; this could be a fully monitored system that you can even track on your phone or laptop remotely. Or it could be something simple like a CCTV camera that records activity outside your home. From alarms to coded systems there is a huge range available to homeowners, decide which one would suit you best and invest in it. You won’t regret it!
Get to know your neighbours
Getting to know those around you, will make it easier for them to spot any fresh faces in the area. If they see someone hanging around your home, they’ll happily inform you!