Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tips for home safety

Your safety is important to us. As locksmiths, it is doubly so. And at holiday time, there tends to be more burglaries as your items are often on display and the weakest parts in your home are always windows and doors. We would like to share with you, some important tips for home safety this holiday season.

1. Remember to lock up
It may sound obvious (and it is), but it’s worth mentioning – lock your doors and windows every time you leave or return the house. In most burglary cases, the offenders broke into properties through the doors or windows by forcing the lock or knocking in. Reminders pinned next to all entrances will work well. Don’t forget to hide all keys out of sight. You’d be amazed how many burglars can fish keys left on show out of home.

2. Door security is key
A front door can provide for a warm welcome to our homes, but some doors are more susceptible to attack from unscrupulous thieves. Many doors look safe and secure as they are often made from PVCu or composite, but with a little know-how, accessing them can be easy peasy to thieves. They use a process called lock bumping. The key to protecting your doors is to ensure they are fitted with anti-bump, anti drill and anti-snap door locks.

3. Visibility
A visible burglar alarm with flashing light is always a huge deterrence. So is the Neighbourhood watch sign. Security floodlights with motion sensor will enhance the visibility outside, making you an unlikely target.

4. Hide
We know Christmas is the best time of the year to treat your family and yourself with some sought-after gifts. But remember how heart breaking it is to lose those gifts. So remember always keep all gifts out of the sight, and make sure packaging is disposed of right away. It’s no use hiding your new laptop if you leave the box outside!

5. Stay alert
Bogus callers also known as distraction burglars will try their best to distract your attention in order to get into your home. If anyone unfamiliar or unexpected turns up at your door, you should always check identification before letting anyone in. Remember though, all charity collectors, utility readers should always have identification with them at all time, and don’t feel being offensive not letting them in if they weren’t able to produce legitimate identifications. Equally don’t leave them standing at the door whilst you go searching in the house for something.

6. Enjoy
Well, this isn't a tip for avoiding burglary, but we shouldn’t let burglars spoil our festive season. These simple tips will help ensure you have a risk free Christmas. We would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable 2011 Christmas!

Adapted from PR Web UK

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