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Don’t Let Unwanted Intruders Spoil The Holidays!

Don’t Let Unwanted Intruders Spoil The Holidays!

When it comes to our homes, we should feel safe and secure. Unfortunately, from time to time, we may have to deal with unwanted intruders. Here are some tips to help you protect your home during the holidays.

Preventing burglaries

We all want to feel safe in our homes. Sadly, there are people out there who are on the lookout for easy pickings. Sometimes, it’s impossible to prevent burglaries. But there are lots of things you can do to try and deter thieves and make your home’s defenses harder to breach.

Effective deterrents

You’ll often find that thieves are put off breaking into certain homes just by looking to them. If you have a burglar alarm, CCTV or security lights, these make the job a lot harder. Electric gates, dogs, and cars in the drive can also deter thieves.

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Making life more difficult

Open windows and doors are an invitation for robbers. If all the windows and doors are locked, it’s much more difficult to break into a property. Make sure you lock up before you go out or you go to bed. Never leave the keys in view or by the front door. Keep them on your person. Hide valuables and anything that has sentimental meaning.

Keeping your home safe while you’re away

If you’re going away for the holidays, ask your neighbors to keep an eye out for you. Cancel any deliveries, and leave a light on. Keep one car parked in the drive. Ask a friend or family member to pop round and collect the mail every few days.

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Deterring pests

Unwanted visitors don’t just come in human form. Our homes are also enticing bases for all kinds of critters and creatures. It’s not always possible to prevent pests from entering, but there are steps you can take.

Keeping your home clean

Pests are often drawn to smells and the lure of leftovers. Make sure you clean up after cooking and store food in airtight containers. Don’t leave dirty pots on the side, or trash bags in the kitchen. Take the garbage out and ensure that bins are sealed. Mop the floors and wipe down the surfaces.

Plugging the gaps

Pests like mice and rats often enter through cracks and gaps in the walls, window frames, and doors. If you notice holes, patch them up using sealant or filler. This makes it much more difficult for them to gain entry.

Acting quickly

If you spot signs of a mouse, rat, ant or cockroach infestation, act quickly. The longer you leave it, the worse it will become. You could use traps and chemicals, such as insecticides. However, it’s often best to search online for control de plagas or pest control firms. Experts use effective techniques to exterminate pests rapidly.

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As the holidays approach, the last thing you want is uninvited visitors. Now is the time to take steps to protect your home from opportunistic thieves and pests looking for their next meal. Hopefully, these tips will come in handy.

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Tackle These Jobs Outdoors To Protect Your Home Over Festive Season

Tackle These Jobs Outdoors To Protect Your Home Over Festive Season

The festive season to a burglar means plenty of free loot from houses which aren’t properly protected. Don’t let yourself fall victim, and have the Christmas you have worked so hard for be cruelly snatched away. Unfortunately, break-ins are common over the festive season, and so it’s more important than ever to address your home’s security. Here are some of the things you should be tackling this November ready for the season ahead.

Tidy Your Garden/ Lock Up Your Tool Shed

Unless you’re a hardcore gardener, chances are you’re finished in the garden for the year now. But after you have completed your final odd jobs, be sure that all of your tools are put away correctly, and locked up. There is a whole range of things that burglars would love to get their hands on in your tool shed- not just to steal and sell but to gain access into your home. Things like ladders, hammers, even ropes are all going to make their job so much easier, and so this is one area you should ensure is tackled.

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Replace Company Security Systems With Generic Ones

Hopefully, you already have a burglar alarm fitted. Professional brands such as ADT home security systems are one of the most efficient ways to keep burglars out. But displaying security stickers which show the company you have installed allow burglars to bypass the system. Instead, replace these with generic security stickers instead. Such as ‘this home is alarmed’ or ‘monitored alarm system’ provide a deterrent without giving thieves clues. If you have company stickers on your windows, switch them out.

Add Lighting or Replace Bulbs

Outdoor lighting is an efficient way to put off passing burglars. A house that looks quiet and dark is going to be far more appealing than one that lights up when they walk down the path. A motion light is a good choice, install these by your front and back door, on any outbuildings and down entryways. If you already have lighting fitted, make sure the bulbs are in full working order and that the settings are correct. Once the light is activated, it should stay lit for a number of minutes afterward to prevent people being able to sneak around them.

Cut Back Bushes and Trees

Along with darkness, burglars also appreciate having tall bushes and trees to hide behind. This gives them cover from the street and allows them time to be able to make their break in. Cut back any tall shrubs to below waist height to prevent them from being able to do this.

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Install CCTV

Finally, a good CCTV system is a worthwhile investment. This helps to monitor your home, as well as any vehicles you have on the property. Do your research to work out the best place to mount them, and again putting security stickers warning that CCTV is being used may put off a passing, opportunistic thief.

Have you made sure your home is safe and secure ready for the festive season?

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