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Dealing With Pests in an Ethical Way

Dealing With Pests in an Ethical Way

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Chances are, at some point in your life, wildlife will come into contact with your home. When you’re houseproud and hygiene conscious, this can prove a significant problem. After all, you’re going to want to make sure you can relax and spend time in your home without constantly cleaning up after animals that probably shouldn’t be inside your property anyway. But what can you do to remove pests from your home in a fair and humane manner? At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that human housing has encroached on many animal’s natural habitats. Animals will generally avoid humans at all costs, as we’re deemed a threat to them. But they may be forced into your home in search of food and shelter, as your home has destroyed their natural spaces where they would usually have natural food sources and sources of shelter to spend their time in. These are sentient creatures that you may not want to live alongside, but do deserve the chance to live elsewhere freely. Here are a few steps that will help you to remove pests from your property in a fair way.

Knowing What You’re Dealing With

Before you jump straight onto the phone to a pest exterminator, you may want to take some time to determine what animals you’re dealing with. Often, different species look pretty similar, but actually have different habits and can be prevented and moved along easily if you know how to deal with them as a species. In fact, you may not have even seen the pests themselves, you may have just seen their droppings, chew marks or other indicators of their presence. This minor damage may be inconvenient, but it’s a key tool you can use to get to know what animals are in your home. Spend time researching their markings and determining what you’re dealing with. This will then lead you to guides on how to remove the animals safely. Knowing what animals you’re dealing with will also ensure that you don’t bother any protected species. You can find more information on what to do with protected species according to the specific species you’re dealing with.

Understanding What Attracts This Creature to Your Home

It’s important to remember that something is attracting animals to your home if they’re spending time in it. They won’t be there just for the fun of it. So, you need to start looking around your home and determining what exactly is bringing this animal in. If you have ants, take some time to follow them. See where they’re going. Chances are there’s an open packet of food somewhere. You can then take steps such as sealing all food properly and shutting cupboards properly to prevent the ants from accessing the food. They’ll soon leave your property, as there’s nothing benefiting them in it anymore. The same goes for other animals – chances are, if there are animals in your home, it’s because they have a good supply of food there. Often, simply making sure that animals can’t access any of your food supplies will make sure that they eventually leave.

Reconsider Feeding Garden Animals

You need to understand that you can’t pick and choose what animals frequent your property if you voluntarily leave food out with the hopes of attracting particular species. Sure, it may be nice seeing birds in your garden and you may want to feed them with seeds and nuts. But you also then need to accept that other animals will make their way to your garden to eat the same food you’re providing. You need to decide whether you want animals in your garden or not when leaving food out, rather than attempting to pick and choose which are welcome.

Read Up On Human Removal Methods

If the above step doesn’t seem to budge your visitors, you should start reading online guides on human removal methods. For example, mice can be caught in humane traps that allow you to take them away and release them. Just make sure to check traps regularly, as this will prevent mice from becoming startled or overly stressed, which can cause them to pass away. Whatever animal you’re dealing with, there’s likely to be some sort of method developed that helps to move them on without harming or killing them.

Sure, animals in your home may be unwanted. But try to practice compassion and have some empathy when it comes to dealing with them. You don’t want to harm anything unnecessarily – especially when there are often ways to get them to move on from your property hassle free! Hopefully, some of the above advice will help you to achieve this!

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How to Be Safer At Home

How to Be Safer At Home

The home is your castle, and that means that you want to be able to step through the front door every evening after work and relax. The best way to relax? To know you are as safe as possible at home. At work, your employer puts measures in place to keep you safe and keep your job safe, too. Feeling safe at home and actually being safe are not the same thing, and you can never guarantee your safety in your home. However, you can work to make your living space the safest possible place to be. Let’s take a look at how you can be safer in your home.

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Light It Up.

You need to add some exterior lights to your house and brighten your surroundings as the first step to making your home a safer place to be. You may have your license to carry application in, but you have to wait for that for a while. Lights are the alternative! You want to make sure that you light up the area to startle possible thieves, and you want to know that if you have CCTV installed, you can see everything the video catches. Think about your interior lights, too. They need to be up to date and energy efficient so that you are not at risk of fire in the house. It’s a big part of safety, to avoid fire hazards, and your lights need regular checks to ensure that they are not going to burn out.

Add Blinds.

When the night rolls in and the lights are on, you need to consider that people can see right into your home with the lights on and the curtains open. Blinds will block out the light and allow you to keep your valuables hidden away.

Cut The Bushes Back.

Overgrown bushes out the front and back of your home provide excellent cover for those who want to rob your house. Don’t give people the chance to hide away – cut them all back and you can ensure that there are no hiding places for those with negative intentions. There’s nothing to fear of the dark when there are no hiding places for shadows to go!

Make The Right Repairs.

When the house is creaking and groaning, you can bet that there are some issues that need to be fixed. When it’s windy, the house will creak, but you’ll definitely hear the difference between a creak and an actual loose part of the house blowing in the wind. Make the fixes that are necessary and you can keep the house from falling down.

Add a Night Light.

If you add a light in the house in the evening when you’re not home, it gives the illusion that you’re indoors and therefore make your home less of a target. 

Join Neighborhood Watch.

If you have a neighborhood watch group, join in! You can all look after each other and keep an eye on the local area as a whole. This will mean that you are all taking responsibility for the local street together. You can feel better secure when this is the case.

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Security When Moving Home Or Going On Vacation

Security When Moving Home Or Going On Vacation

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In this post, we are going to take a look at home security in two very important situations – when you move to somewhere new and when you go on holiday.

Security before a vacation

Are you going on holiday? If so, you will need to secure your house before you go away. There is nothing worse than getting home from an amazing vacation to discover you have been broken into. With modern security solutions, you can have complete control over your property no matter where you are.

Things to do before going on holiday

It is important to make your house appear occupied while you are away, as more than 80 per cent of burglaries take place when a property is empty. Here are some crucial steps to take:

  • Avoid advertising your holiday on social media.
  • Invest in light switches that turn on and off at various intervals to make it appear like you are still at home.
  • Make sure you have sufficient locks on all doors and windows. Don’t forget your garage door!
  • Ask neighbours that you trust to keep an eye on your home.

Make your home more secure

Now would be a good time to make your property more secure with effective security systems. There is a wide range of home security options available today, including CCTV, door entry control, and intruder alarms. An alarm system cannot only alert the neighbours but it can be connected to your devices too, so you’re alerted. 

Have complete control with SMART security

SMART technology solutions are ideal for home security when on holiday. With SMART technology, you can connect your security systems to your smartphone or tablet. This means you can view CCTV footage on your home while away or double-check that all of the doors are locked. You will immediately be alerted if the system has been breached and you will know exactly what is going on while you are away. So, if you have left the kids in charge of the house, you can make sure there are no wild parties!

Security when moving home

Are you moving to a new home? This is an exciting time in anyone’s life, but it’s important that security is one of your priorities during the process. We know you probably have a million different things to think about, but make sure that changing the locks is one of them. After all, you don’t know who has access to the property! The previous owner may have given keys to everyone from their best friend to their aunty and uncle.  

What does a new homeowner need to do?

There are a number of security checks that new homeowners need to conduct. This includes:

  • Changing the external locks and getting new keys cut.
  • Consider fitting a five-lever deadlock and a night latch to your front door. Most front doors only come with a basic Yale lock in place.
  • Install window locks.
  • Invest in home insurance before moving into your property.

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Neighborhood Watch: Why Nearby Crime Needn’t Take Control Out Of Your Hands

Neighborhood Watch: Why Nearby Crime Needn’t Take Control Out Of Your Hands

We all deserve to feel safe and secure at home. Our houses are our sanctuaries, after all, which is why it can be so devastating when crime casts its ugly shadow across our neighborhoods. 

No matter how near or far, crimes in the vicinity can shatter any feeling of safety you might once have felt. Irrelevant of their severity, you may start experiencing difficulty sleeping or anxiety when you leave your house empty during the day.

This is no way to live, and it could soon see you losing control of the calming space that you’ve created. You may even consider selling up as a result! Yet, given how extreme a lifestyle change moving can be, it isn’t practical or even affordable for many. 

Does that mean you’re doomed to checking your locks twenty times before you go out? Not at all. It merely means you might want to consider taking back control of your home safety in the following ways. 

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# 1 – See this as a warning

Nearby crime is never pleasant, but it can also act as a cold and hard warning to make home safety a priority. This should be the case whether recent crimes are on your mind or not, of course, but it’s surprising how many of us neglect all but the most basic safety precautions unless we’re moving into an area we already know is dodgy. Instead of stressing out after crime, then, focus on the fact that this gives you an incentive to install alarm systems and CCTV for returned control as you see fit. 

# 2 – Know your escape route

If the crime in question involved home intrusion, it’s also worth reclaiming control by planning an escape route should the same happen to you. Knowing, for instance, how quickly you can get to your back door could provide some peace of mind. You could also take the time to find the best bug out bag for storing near that exit point to guarantee survival as you wait for help to arrive. These steps may seem extreme from the outset, but you’d be amazed how much better you’ll sleep just knowing this option is there. 

# 3 – Focus on community

Many of us don’t even know our neighbors to say hello to these days, let alone look out for. Yet, focusing on community in the aftermath of crime can help everyone feel safer again. After all, you won’t feel half as alone in coping if you know your neighbors are keeping an eye out and vice versa. Even better, achieving this benefit is as easy as joining local community groups to express your worries, or setting up one of your own to address the crime in question and any fears it’s caused among residents. 

Some sense of lost control is inevitable when criminals make their mark on your community, but there’s no reason to let this issue spiral. Instead, put these pointers in place and take control of your home safety once again.

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Keeping Your Home Safe Year Round

Keeping Your Home Safe Year Round

Your home is likely your biggest investment, so you’re going to want to keep it as safe as possible year round. Many homeowners unknowingly put their homes and families at risk – here’s how you can make sure your home and loved ones stay safe:

Don’t Advertise When You’re Going Away

Many people announce on social media exactly when they are going away. If people know where you live and your social accounts are not set to private, you could be putting your home at risk. Don’t advertise it, and always ask a family member or neighbor to watch your home while you’re gone. 

Invest In Home Security

Make sure you invest in home security pieces. Alarms, locks, CCTV, and other security features will go a long way to keeping your home safe. This is especially important if you have kids – child proof your home and keep chemicals out of reach. 

Get A Dog

While your lifestyle should of course suit a dog before you decide to get one, this could be a way to keep your home safe and deter intruders. 

Test Your Alarms

Make sure you test your alarms regularly. Don’t neglect to install a carbon monoxide detector and test it – this is especially important if you use a fireplace or kerosene heater. This is often something that is overlooked around the holiday season – the infographic below can help you to ensure you’re staying as safe as possible during that time. 


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How To Recover After A Disaster In Your Home

How To Recover After A Disaster In Your Home

When something terrible occurs in your home, it can send your world crashing down. Especially when the situation was caused through no fault of your own, getting back on your feet might seem like an impossible task. From natural disasters to hot oil fires and burst water pipes, at any moment everything inside your property can be damaged or destroyed beyond repair. Luckily, recovering from a serious incident needn’t be as hard as you may believe, and it can even be a great opportunity for a new start. If you’ve fallen victim to hard times in your home, or perhaps you want to provide some kind of help to someone who has, these tips and tricks should allow you to gain the necessary knowledge you need to tackle the situation head on. 

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Get Your Home Checked Out

After the initial threat has diminished, the first thing you must do is assess the destruction that has been caused. Contact the appropriate professionals to see what you can do to salvage your property, such as fire damage restoration to reclaim whatever is left after a heat induced incident. When you can establish whether you can reoccupy your home, take the appropriate steps to make it safe for you family to re-enter. Check out the structure and whether any electrics or water lines have been affected, as these can cause further destruction to your property if left to fester and worsen. If you have some kind of insurance, take photographs and videos for evidence to show the appropriate people in order to get the right amount of compensation and aid. 

Get Your Necessities Back 

After moving back into your home, you must get the essentials reinstalled right away. If you arrive and immediately struggle to live your life normally, you will feel the impact of the disaster much more than you need to. The stress and upset caused by whatever situation you were faced with will already be a heavy weight on your shoulders, so the added pressure of not coping well with what you have left will make your experience even worse. Refer back to the photographs you took to see what you have lost, and make things like appliances and every day items a priority. Focus on the most important living spaces first, such as your kitchen, bathroom and master bedroom. You can easily function from these 3 rooms whilst still keeping your renovation and repair spend to a minimum. The remaining rooms can be looked at in the future when you have the means to complete them to the best standard slowly and steadily so that you are not completely overwhelmed.

Make It A Family Effort

The emotional distress that can be caused by a disaster in your home can be major. Every family member that occupied the property will be affected by what has happened, so it’s important to remember that you are all in it together. By working through the clean up efforts as a family, you can help to rekindle the atmosphere of closeness and also create a home that’s greater appreciated due to the hard work they contributed to bring it back to life. It’s also essential that you are there to provide support for everyone involved, and encourage your children to further support each other through the tough times ahead. When you work together, you will also be able to complete your home restoration process much faster than if you were faced to tackle the situation on your own. Motivate your family to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in, so that you can return to your normal lives in the fastest time possible and without placing too much stress and responsibility on one person to solve the issue.

The Little Details 

Once you have taken some time to make your home more inhabitable and familiar, it’s time for you to add the little details to complete your recovery process and fully restore your property to its full potential. Every room will take some love and affection to bring it together and make it more comfortable and warm, but it’s up to you to decide on what this needs to be for your family. Focus on what’s required to bring back the essence of what a home should be, and try to sense what it is you may be missing in your house. It may be an idea to completely redecorate, as it can then be seen as a new start and you can allow your children to pick whatever would make them feel happy right now, which should be one of your top priorities. 

Prevent Reoccurence

It’s so vital that you install some kind of preventative measures to ensure that no situations like the one you have experienced can ever happen again. Unless your home was damaged in some kind of freak one off incident, most risks and dangers can be decreased somehow with a few investments or a little extra thought. Install the appropriate smoke and heat alarms and fireproof doors throughout your property to protect you if a blaze were to break out. Keep some sandbags handy to cover any doors to help stop any water from entering your home in the event of a flood or any other related event. Have a plan in place so that everybody knows what to do in the case of an emergency, such as taking electrical goods upstairs to avoid liquid damage or getting into a safe place like under a solid table to stay protected during an earthquake. 

Recovering from a disaster in your home can be a true test of your strength and patience, but with a little bit of dedication and teamwork you and your family can make sure that you can restore your abode to its former glory. Make sure that you install some features that might help to lessen the damage if you were to find yourself in a similar situation again, and support each other throughout the whole process. 

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As Long As We Live, No Home Will Be Safe

As Long As We Live, No Home Will Be Safe

Your home is a nest of happiness where you can be yourself without worrying about the rest of the world. It is a place where you feel safe. For homeowners, home means a lot more than a roof and four walls. It’s the promise of a family nest; when your home is under threat, your family is in danger. Regardless whether your family consists of you and your beloved pet, or whether you’re happily married with children. Your loved ones make your house a home. So, it comes as no surprise that maintaining the safety of our homes is a top priority. As a result, the average homeowner splashes out over £10,000 within the first five years of moving in to renovate and repair potentially dangerous elements as well as install essential safety features, from a new electrical system to modern burglar alarms. However, despite our best efforts, the home can never be as safe as we think it is.

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We think our homes are safe

Home protection is very much centred around guarding your household against a variety of threats. Most homeowners consider the risks of burglary and intrusion, which is why many choose to implement a visible burglar alarm on the outside of the property. Keeping your security solution visible plays a significant role in deterring potential burglars. Using deterrents is a common strategy to protect your property, whether you are trying to keep pest or intruders away. However, when it comes to weather-related issues, there is only so much you can do to keep your household safe. House maintenance and garden trimming can avoid some damages such as falling trees or blocked up gutters. But the truth is you can’t deter bad weather from affecting your home.

Natural disasters that can’t be contained or forecast

Indeed, despite scientific progress and knowledge, natural disasters continue to represent an unstoppable threat for your home. How many British households have felt helpless as they heard about heavy rains in the recent weather forecasts? Many roads have been flooded as a result, and some residential areas such as Lincolnshire have had to be evacuated when the flood couldn’t be contained. For those homeowners, there was nothing they could have done. Even in areas where flooding is a frequent occurrence, households that used water pumps and built trenches to stop the water from destroying the property have been forced to evacuate. Why is it that in a situation where natural disaster was imminent – to the point where the authorities emitted warnings – nobody was able to stop it?

Human errors with snowball effects

More often than, catastrophic disasters can be connected to human fault. When homes are not targeted by flood, homeowners fear the risks of wildfire. Indeed, fires can have dramatic consequences, such as the latest news from California reveal. An electrical fault last November, sparked by the transmission lines from an electricity provider incinerated almost an entire town, killing 85 people in the blaze. Dry vegetation and high winds might have facilitated the damage, but at the heart of it, it was a spark in the line that started the fire. The truth is that according to specialists, 85% of wildfires are caused by human error. How are we going to protect our homes against the mistakes of someone else?

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Is there anything to save?

Unfortunately, the reality offers a gleam perspective. There is nothing you and I can do to protect our homes against such disasters. While your home insurance coverage can offer some compensation, you are left with the matter of repairing the damages. First of all, it’s important to note that not all natural catastrophe claim your home in the process. Many professionals are offering dedicated services to help homeowners regain their properties. Indeed, professional fire restoration can ensure that your property becomes viable and structurally safe for habitation again. Similarly, experts in water damages provide also dedicated services to give your home a second chance after flooding. You can’t always protect your home, but you can save it

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4 Household Disasters – How To Prepare!

4 Household Disasters – How To Prepare!

Whether you are a homeowner or you are renting a property, you are likely to experience some form of household emergency at some point. If you are prepared you can try to ensure the emergency doesn’t turn into a disaster, or at least you can lessen it’s impact. In this article we are going to look at some of the more common situations that may occur and discuss strategies to alleviate any damage that may occur whilst maintaining safety and reducing the cost of fixing problems.

 

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Flood

Try to identify quickly where the water is coming from. If you find that it is a plumbing problem, turn off the water at the mains as soon as possible. One tip here would be to take note of where all your utilities are switched off before the flood occurs. Ensure the flood water is nowhere near any electrical appliances, light switches or heating systems. There is a strong chance of electrocution. If necessary switch off your electricity at the mains. Before turning your electrics on ensure you get everything checked by a suitably qualified electrician.

 

You may experience flooding caused by Blocked Drains in this situation it would be wise to call an emergency drain care expert.

 

For future reference, try to avoid a flood situation by keeping drains clear of leaves and rubble to lessen the likelihood of them becoming blocked. Don’t put anything down the drain that shouldn’t be there such as cooking fat and sanitary products.

 

There is not much you can do about pipes freezing being the cause of a flood, other than using pipe lagging in the winter.

 

Fire

A situation involving fire in your home is potentially lethal. Your main priority is to evacuate anybody in your house before attempting to tackle the fire. Develop an escape route that everyone is aware of.

The potential main source of fire is from cooking, electrical appliances, wood burners, open fires and candles either for decorative or lighting purposes. Anything that involves heat or a naked flame. If the fire is small you may wish to attempt to put it out with the appropriate equipment. Ensure everyone is safe first. If in doubt phone the fire services.

 

To avoid fire in the first place, ensure everyone in the household uses electrical equipment safely. Make sure electrical appliances are in a good state of repair and check regularly. Only allow adults to use wood burning stoves and ensure all candles are extinguished before retiring. Don’t use candles near flammable materials such as curtains.

 

Powercut

A power cut may occur either due to a fault in your own electrical wiring or there maybe a fault on the electrical grid external to your house. If the fault is on your property call out a qualified electrician to rectify the problem. This needs to be done by the experts so don’t attempt to fix it yourself. A power fault external to your home means that you will just need to sit it out. Hopefully this will be for a short while, but there are some occasions when you may be without power for longer, such as power lines brought down in adverse weather conditions.

 

It would be a really good idea to have a good stock of torches (with spare batteries) and candles to hand to make waiting for the power to come on a little more comfortable. Perhaps batteries for a radio would be a good idea too. To preserve food in your freezer, avoid opening the freezer door. This will keep the food frozen for longer. If your central heating system requires electricity to work, you will be left without heating. Wrap up warm and ensure vulnerable adults and children are ok.

 

Leaking roof

Get in the habit of checking your roof regularly. Check if there are any roof tiles loose. Internally you won’t know if your roof is leaking until you get watermarks. The longer you leave a roof leak, the more expensive and extensive the damage will be, so call out a roof expert as soon as possible. In the case of water pouring through your roof, put a bucket under the leak to catch the water and call out an emergency roofer asap! Turn off your electric too as water may have seeped into the electrical wiring.

 

Hopefully these tips will help combat experiencing too much damage in situations such as flood, fire, power cuts and a leaking roof. The main point being that speed is the key. So don’t delay call an expert asap!

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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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