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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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Escape The Worry Of Home Security This Christmas With These Top Tips

Escape The Worry Of Home Security This Christmas With These Top Tips

Home security is obviously something we should be clued up on and aware of all year round. But the festive season just seems to be the time of year when a burglary is at it’s highest. Perhaps this is because many people are absent from their homes more often, visiting people for the holiday season. Or maybe it’s the increase of potentially high priced items being stored ready to be gifted on Christmas day. Whatever the reason, it’s important to ensure we give our homes a health check when it comes to security. Which is why I thought I would share with you the top tips for escaping the worry of home security this festive season.

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Checking your locks on your doors

Our locks on our home are the one thing we don’t change too often. Unless, of course, we are forced to. But old locks can break, and they can also be manipulated by people trying to enter your home without permission. Sometimes it’s worth updating and investing in new lock systems like rekey locks to keep your home secure. After all, it’s the main way our homes are kept locked. Why wouldn’t we check them more often?

Install an alarm system

An alarm system is a noise and visual deterrent. Often just having one of these on the exterior of your property is enough to deter anyone to even try and enter your home. But again, just like our locks an alarm system needs upgrading over the years. So it might be worth considering what is out there on the market. Often these more up to date systems can use video surveillance to add an extra security method.

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Keep your home lit

As the nights are getting darker, it can become very obvious when your home is vacant. At this time of year, you may be out and about quite a lot visiting family and friends. A great tip is to use timers to ensure that lights come on when it gets darker. It works for lamps and even Christmas tree lights.

Don’t put things on show

Another great tip is to ensure that you don’t have things on display. Having flashy gifts and technology on show is just screaming for someone to try and enter your home and steal it.

Consider more modern approaches

These days alarm systems, video surveillances, and even doorbells can all be linked to your smartphone. Allowing you to always be in control of your home. Ensuring that you have the maximum security. There are plenty of options out there to suit all budgets just by doing some research online.

Keep things off social media

Finally, it’s worth remembering to keep your privacy settings high on your social media profiles. We all have a tendency to overshare, at this time of year especially. From recording when you are not at home to broadcasting your latest purchases. Keeping things private on social media stops unwanted eyes knowing your business.

I hope these tips help you keep your home secure at this wonderful time of the year.

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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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