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Protecting What Matters Most: How To Keep Your Home Safe From Any Disaster

Protecting What Matters Most: How To Keep Your Home Safe From Any Disaster

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Your home is the place where you should feel the safest and most secure. It’s more than just bricks and mortar, it’s your own little bubble to escape from the stress and pressures of the world no matter what is happening. You should never feel as though you or your family are unsafe in your own home. Which makes it all the more horrible when something does happen to disrupt that safety. Whether it’s a flood, fire or break-in, anything that makes you feel less safe in your own home can have devastating effects on you and your family. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do to keep your home as safe as possible.

Lights

It might sound overly simple, but lights can be one of the best possible defenses against an intruder. Darkness is an intruder’s number one ally. If they have a way to slip into your home undetected, then that’s what they’re going to use. The best thing that you can do is to invest in floodlights for both the front and rear of your home. Not only do they keep your children safe as they ensure you can always seem them, even if they’re in the garden at night, it stops intruders having anywhere to hide. Go to Strictly LED’s for more information; they have a huge stock of LED flood lights to choose from.

An alarm system

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The funny thing about an alarm system is that, if you’re lucky, you’ll never really need it. But nothing is better for giving you and your family the peace of mind that you need than the knowledge that no one is able to get into your home without you knowing. The worst thing about a break-in is often the knowledge that someone else was in your home and you didn’t know it; an alarm system helps you avoid that feeling and will make it far easier to get a good night’s sleep.

Insurance

If something awful does happen, it’s important to make sure that you’re protected. Not only do you need home insurance but it’s a good idea to take out contents insurance as well. Make sure that you’re covered no matter what happens to your home. The last thing you want is for something to happen and then to find out that you’re not covered.

Be prepared

The most important thing to keep safe in your home is, of course, your family. The best way that you can ensure that they are safe is to have clear plans in the event of any problems. Make sure that you all know exactly what to do in the event of a fire or flood. That way you won’t have to worry about everyone panicking and making the situation even worse than it needs to be. This doesn’t mean you should make your family constantly afraid but it’s always better to be prepared than to be caught unawares.

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Securing The Home With Brain Power And A Small Budget

Securing The Home With Brain Power And A Small Budget

In today’s world, the need for security is only becoming more prevalent. The availability of tools and knowledge has made it much easier for criminals to beat traditional systems, and get into homes. Obviously, this is a problem for everyone. But, some of us don’t have the money to invest in high-tech locks and CCTV. So, to help you make your home more secure, this guide will give you some ideas.

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  • Get A Dog

In the past, before dogs were domesticated by humans, they were feral pack animals, known as wolves. Over time, certain wolves realized that they could get scraps of food from humans, in return for scaring away other animals. So, dogs first job with humans was as a security detail, not as companions. And, most dogs will happily perform this duty, today. You don’t need a huge, vicious dog; you can get something that meets the requirements to be with your family. As long as they are from a protective and loyal breed, they will work as a home-guard dog. They are hard-wired to protect their pack. And, once you gain a dog’s trust, it will consider you to be part of it’s pack. Most of the time, a simple bark at the door is enough to deter most criminals. And, if they do actually enter your home, having a dog snarling at them will usually make them flee.

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  • Alarm Systems

Of course, a natural alarm system like a dog isn’t enough for some. So, you need something a little more modern. Alarm systems are generally fairly cheap, and you only have to pay their service charges when you actually use them. Most of these systems can be installed by yourself, with the exception of the main consoles. This reduces their costs massively. Just like hearing a dog barking, seeing an alarm box will deter most burglars. And, if someone does manage to get inside, the police will be called for you. So, with one of these systems, you can rest assured that your house is safe.

  • Leave A Light On

Of course, there is usually a simple solution to most things. And, security is no different. Simply leaving a light on inside your home can deter burglars. Most criminals don’t want to be caught. So, they won’t break into somewhere where they know there’s people. Leaving a light on makes it hard for people to tell if someone is home or not, so, they won’t risk a break in. You can get light fittings that time your lights. So, even if you go away for a long time, you can have lights turn on for you when it gets dark each night.

Home security is more important than ever. So, even if you don’t have much to invest into it, it’s worth doing so. You can’t put a price on your family’s safety and wellbeing, so you can consider anything that you buy in this pursuit to be worthwhile.

Hopefully, this will give you some good ideas to secure your home. It’s worth doing research for yourself, though. This is a complex area, and the types of break in that occur are different from place to place. So, to stay ahead, you need to know what criminals are doing.

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Are You Doing Enough To Keep Your Possessions Safe?

Are You Doing Enough To Keep Your Possessions Safe?

In theory, your worldly possessions should be safe at home. However, in practice, this isn’t always the case. Every home can be a target for thieves. If you’re keen to do more to protect your home and everything in it, bear these tips in mind.

Turning your home into an impenetrable fortress

You may not live in a medieval castle, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t turn your home into a fortress. Put yourself in a burglar’s shoes. Would you rather try and take on a home with electric gates and CCTV or a house with windows open and no visible alarms? There are lots of different types of deterrent you can use at home. Examples include:

CCTV

CCTV cameras are bound to put thieves off. Even if they manage to steal what they’re looking for the risk of repercussions is high. CCTV captures footage outside your house, and will show people trying to break in. It can also record people leaving, and give you information about what has been stolen. If you have footage, this can be passed onto the police. The camera recording can be turned into stills, which increase the chances of catching the offenders.

Outdoor lighting

External lighting is a highly effective deterrent. Every time the sensor is activated, the lights will come on, flooding the front or back of the house with light. This can make the job of breaking in much more difficult. If you’re at home, you’ll notice the lights come on. If you’re away, this could alert your neighbors.

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Security doors

The benefit of sliding security doors is that they provide another physical barrier between your home and a thief. It’s more difficult to break through two doors than one. You’ll also cause more of a disturbance if there’s an extra barrier to overcome, and the job will take longer.

Burglar alarm

Burglar alarms are a visual deterrent. If a thief spots an alarm, they’re less likely to target your house. An alarm will also generate interest if it goes off. You may find that the neighbors come out or a local police patrol car stops to see what’s going on. You can get all kinds of alarm systems, including those you can link to your phone.

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A safe

Do you have cash at home? Do you have expensive jewelry or items with sentimental value? If so, keep them in a safe. It’s much harder to steal items from a safe than it is a dressing table or a case under the bed. Combination locks are always a good idea, as it’s incredibly difficult to crack the code.

A dog

Dogs are not just great companions. They’re also excellent security guards. If you have a dog, it’s likely to make noise when somebody approaches the house. Many burglars may also be fearful of dogs, especially large breeds.

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The last thing you want as a homeowner is somebody to break in and steal your possessions. Sadly, these things happen, and burglary is more common that you may think. Hopefully, these tips will help you to turn your home into a fortress and keep thieves at bay.

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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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Safe (And Sound) Methods To Protect Your Home

Safe (And Sound) Methods To Protect Your Home

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Safety is not the sexiest of topics to talk about that it is an essential thing when you are looking to keep your family and your possessions safe. It takes 7 seconds for a thief to decide if your house is worth breaking into. And professional thieves know exactly what they looking for when they break into a home. So protect your home using simple yet effective methods, including the following:

The Doors And Windows

Your doors and windows are the easiest points of entry for a thief, so make them as secure as you can possibly make them. Make sure you fit secure locks, such as deadlocks, on your doors and use a security chain, which makes entry more difficult. Windows and doors should always be locked every time you leave the house, even if you are going out briefly and will return in a few minutes. Even in the summer make sure the windows are closed.  Sliding glass doors can be made secure with either a metal bar or a wooden dowel placed in the tracking of the door. In addition to that, all windows on the ground floor should be locked. If you have single pane glass, it might be worth thinking about upgrading to UPVC which is harder to break through.

Doors also can have access to keys. Make sure that you remove keys from locks and place them away from windows and doors as well as away from letterboxes as thieves can use mailboxes to fish keys out.

Household Items

For protection over your valuables, it is recommended that you write an inventory of your belongings that are of value. And make sure you place important documents in a safe place. If you can afford to purchase a home safe or security box, then it is worth investing in. You can purchase home safes online, such as a first alert home safe.

Also when it comes to household items that are of value, making sure you have contents insurance is a great preventative measure. If you need to claim on your insurance after a burglary the insurance company will replace your items like for like.

Give The Impression That You Are At Home, Even When You’re Not!

An excellent way to deter thieves is to give the impression that there are people at home. A way to do this simply is to light up your home.  It great cost effective measure to prevent thieves.  However if you are concerned about the electricity bill, you can set the lights to come on using a timer switch.

When you go on vacation, make sure that you are taking extra care. Make sure that your letterbox is not overfilled as this is a sure giveaway that nobody is at home. Ask a neighbor or a trusted friend to check on the house every couple of days for peace of mind. Another way to improve the security in your home, and to give your home an upgrade is to invest in an alarm system. This is probably the most effective measure. It shows thieves that your property is being constantly watched and that there is someone available if your alarm goes off.

Other Methods You May Not Have Thought Of

Do you have a pet? If not you may want to consider getting a dog. Police say that thieves tend to avoid houses where there are dogs because of the noise a dog can make, they also want to avoid getting attacked! But you don’t need to get a big German Shepherd, a small, loud dog will be enough to deter any thieves. Another approach is to get motion sensor lights which would come on if somebody entered the darkness such as a burglar. The great thing about motion sensor lights is that they are very sensitive and don’t need maintaining. Other handy deterrents include signs such as “beware of the dog” or signs that made outside is aware of your alarm system. But beware,  if you take the trouble to have so many signs scattered around your property it may make burglars wonder what it is you are protecting. A surprising deterrent is a neat and well-trimmed garden, and this is because it is more difficult for burglars to hide in bushes, shrubs or corners. Finally not forgetting having a handy neighborhood watch scheme is a great deterrent and is beneficial for the whole neighborhood.

Overall there are many ways to keep your home safe from prospective robberies. These are a few methods that you can put into practice so you can sleep safe and sound at night.

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