Chester & Cheshire

How to Make Easy Home Security Improvements

Your home should be a safe haven, somewhere that you feel happy, secure and safe - and keeping that haven protected doesn’t have to be hard. With a few simple steps you can make a lot of difference to your peace of mind; the simple installation of alarms Conwy can have a huge impact! Here are some easy home security improvements you can make to improve the security of your home. 

Keep an Eye on Your Home

Installing CCTV systems can help you to see and hear what’s going on inside and outside of your home. Most modern cameras can be viewed from anywhere on a smartphone, tablet or computer. Look out for cameras with additional features including motion-triggered recording, infrared night vision and two-way audio communication. 

Light It Up

Intruders prefer to operate under the cover of complete darkness, so illuminating the garden or driveway is a good way to deter them. It can also make it safer if you or visitors are returning to the home late at night. The most effective option is to install motion-activated security lights, which can be installed at the front or rear of your property.

Visual Security Alarm

Having a visible security alarm on the exterior of your house can help you to deter unwanted intruders. Some home insurers can offer a discount on approved alarms, so it is well worth checking with your home insurance provider. 

Gate and Fence Security

Don’t give would-be intruders an easy way into your property thanks to an old gate or a blown-over fence panel. It is recommended that your garden gate is the same height as the adjoining walls or fences - they should also be securely constructed. Metal gates are much more difficult to scale when compared to their wooden counterparts. 

Ensure that all of your fencing is in good condition, damaged panels could allow thieves to scope out your property and even gain access. 

Store Spare Keys

Forgot those crazy ideas about storing your spare key underneath the welcome mat outside. Swap to a wall-mounted key safe instead, especially if it’s in a discreet location. Any visitor can access the house key without the need to get new keys cuts - instead you can give them a combination code to use!

Gravel Pathways

Noisy to walk on, having a gravel pathway can help to alert you to people approaching the home before they even arrive at the front door. If you have opted for a gravel driveway or pathway, make sure to keep them topped up, so it provides as loud a crunch as possible when it’s being walked on. 

Upgrade Window and Door Locks

Don’t make your home an easy target; improve the locks on your doors and windows. The majority of forced entry burglaries are committed through entering the property through the weakest point - this tends to be at the rear of the property. French doors can be particularly vulnerable, but padlocks are easily fitted to the inside of the doors and are released in seconds without the need for keys or code. 

Going Away on Holiday?

Don’t forget to cancel newspapers, milk, fresh fruit and veg or other deliveries so that they don’t pile up on your porch or on your doorstep. Ask a friend or trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your home whilst you're away. It’s also a good idea not to publicly advertise your holiday on social media, especially if your accounts are set to public. 

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