National Home Security Month – How To Stay Safe

For the sixth consecutive year, October is National Home Security Month in the UK, an initiative designed to emphasise to householders throughout the country the enduring importance of home security.

Some people aren’t taking home security seriously enough and are paying the price for their inaction. We say that as a UK property is burgled roughly every 40 seconds and the number of home burglaries to occur in the UK increased by 9% between 2016 and 2017.

Are you prepared to risk being a thief’s next victim or do you want to do more to strengthen your home security?

If it’s the latter, Essex Composite Door Shop has the foremost tips you need to beat even the best burglars…

Install secure new windows and doors

All that stands in the way of a burglar breaking into your house is the windows and doors. The locking mechanism on your current windows and doors may have weakened over time and the same goes for their respective frames. This may be compromising your home security as it could only require a little force to prise them open.

Replacing them with modern windows and doors from the Essex Composite Door Shop will solve these security issues as they’re fully security tested and come with a lengthy security guarantee. This covers you for any future break-ins, so you’ve less reason to be worried about the chance of theft.

Organise a holiday sitter

It’s natural to be a little anxious about the welfare of your home if you’re heading on a holiday for one or two weeks. To lessen any anxiety you could ask someone you trust implicitly to look after the house in your absence.

Their daily job should be to visit in the morning and evening to open / draw any curtains and remove any post that’s collecting in your letterbox. This will make your absence less conspicuous to those on the outside. See if this friend or relative wants to stay whilst you’re away for complete peace of mind.

Fit a fully functioning alarm

Here’s a stat that will surprise you – only 30% of British homes have a burglar alarm!

Your home might be amongst the 70% of properties that are alarm-free and if it is, you’re playing a dangerous game.

Don’t be put off by the cost of a good alarm, and certainly don’t be tempted into going down the inexpensive route of fitting a dummy alarm as they rarely fool thieves. Buy the best alarm you can afford as it’ll be worth every penny if it prevents someone breaking in.

Have a discussion with the Essex Composite Door Shop team to see how we can make home security less of a worry. Contact us here.


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