Are you Taking Home Security Seriously?
Our homes are meant to act as our place of sanctuary from the outside world, providing us with a feeling of safety and security that we likely don’t feel anywhere else. For the most part, our homes provide us with this, whether we’re chilling out in the lounge or sleeping in our rooms.
Yet, relying on the fact something hasn’t happened to your home so far can be a dangerous trap to fall into, leaving you in a position where you may not be taking your home security as seriously as you should. While it can be tempting to simply believe that your property won’t be targeted, if it is, you could end up being the unfortunate victim of a burglary or home invasion.
With this in mind, it may be time to consider making changes to how your home operates. As home security experts who have worked with countless domestic and commercial clients looking to upgrade their locks and security measures, we know a thing or two about the importance of taking this issue seriously. Because of this, we decided to take a closer look at the issue and give you the lowdown on how to protect your property.
The idea of your home being burgled can be particularly terrifying, especially if you live alone or with vulnerable people. However, if you’re still contemplating whether or not upgrading your home security is right for you, it might be helpful to take a closer look at the current UK home invasion statistics.
When reading over the information gathered by the Office of National Statistics, we can begin to paint a pretty damning picture of the number of burglaries in the UK. Scarily, a home is burgled every 108 seconds across the country, and while the average number of burglaries has dropped in comparison to 10 years ago, the number of cases is again slowly on the rise.
After a bit more digging, we also found that Liverpool and the Wirral are some of the biggest burglary hotspots in the UK, along with other big cities such as Manchester, London and Bristol. These are obviously pretty worrying statistics, yet, despite the widespread issue of burglaries, around half of homeowners do not have the necessary precautions in place to reduce the threat.
A burglar is a criminal of opportunity and will look for any weaknesses in a home’s security and exploit it in order to gain entry into your property. With this in mind, it’s essential to take every step necessary to ensure that your home is secure.
It’s important that homeowners do all that they can to ensure that they are maximising their home security. However, if you’re only just now considering this issue, you may not not know where to start.
Luckily, there are a variety of things you can do to protect yourself from crime. From updating your security systems to taking precautions to minimise threats, here are our top tips on protecting your property.
Many households still rely on outdated and even faulty mechanisms, which is a recipe for disaster. With this in mind, arguably the best way to protect your home is by upgrading your security measures.
If your home hasn’t seen an upgrade for a while or you’ve just moved in, changing your locks is essential, especially if there is a chance of spare keys being in circulation without your knowledge. With the huge variety of high-grade, durable locks on the market, you can make a massive difference to your home security with this relatively small change.
Aside from your locks, there are also an array of other products and installations you can invest in that can make it nearly impossible for a burglar to gain entry to your home without being noticed. The poster-child of home security, the burglar alarm, is a must have for the security-conscious homeowner.
These systems can quickly alert those inside of intruders and newer models can even automatically ring the police. Also, by placing them in a spot that’s visible from the road, you can deter would-be thieves from trying their luck.
Burglars rely on stealth in order to carry out a successful hit, which is why many strike during the night. By investing in motion sensing security lighting, however, you can completely eliminate this advantage whilst simultaneously alerting you to movement outside your home.
They can also be especially useful for when you yourself are coming home late in the evening and could do with a little extra light to see where the keyhole is!
Much like the burglar alarm, CCTV works as a great deterrent against crime. Burglars don’t want to be traced after the crime has been committed and CCTV makes the likelihood of being caught significantly more likely. With this in mind, a strategically placed CCTV camera can make a huge difference.
Of course, while it is essential to invest in quality security systems, there are also a few things changes you can make that can help as well. One of the best things you can do is to keep your valuables out of sight from the outside.
By leaving items out on tables or sitting tantalizingly on a window sill is asking for trouble, so consider moving your things to a more secure location and closing the curtains during the evening. You may even want to invest in a quality safe to ensure your assets are secure.
Finally, and we know that it’s a bit of a no-brainer, but remember to check your locks and systems regularly. If you’re forgetting to close windows, check your security systems or lock your doors you’re putting yourself at risk, so try to incorporate these into your daily routine or whenever you leave the house.
While it’s important to invest in the above to keep your home safe, it only takes a faulty security system and a door that wasn’t unlocked for a burglar to gain access to your home. Because of this, it’s important to prepare for the worst with a comprehensive home insurance policy.
Also, remember that insurers will likely only offer you a policy if the property has enough security measures, so consider this when searching for a policy that works for you.
Campbell and McGovern – Liverpool’s master locksmiths and security experts
It can be scary coming to terms with the fact that burglaries can and do happen on a much larger scale than you may have realised. That’s why it’s so important to take the steps noted above to ensure that you, your assets and your home is fully protected.
If you’re in the Liverpool or Wirral area and are worrying about whether your home’s security measures are up to scratch, it’s time to get in touch with the team at Campbell and Mcgovern today.
Sadly, burglaries are on the increase throughout Merseyside, which is why it’s so important to update your security. With the extensive range of security measures from Campbell & Mcgovern, you can rest assured that you’re working with the professionals.
Whether you’re in need of a brand-new set of door locks for your home or a full set of security systems installed at your business premises, our team of experts are on hand to help you. For more information on how Campbell and McGovern can maximise your property security, get in touch with our team today on 0151 922 4085.