No one should feel unsafe in their own home, but if you don’t take precautions to protect your belongings, burglars and intruders may target you.
Luckily, there are measures you can take to protect your belongings from theft, and many of them are both easy and inexpensive to install. Here are 5 simple ways to keep your valuables safe at home.
1. Check Your Door Locks and Furniture Locks
One of the easiest, but often overlooked, ways of keeping your valuables safe at home is by ensuring that your locking systems are as secure as they can be.
You will often find that insurance companies will only insure your home if you have a specific type of locking system in place. In the UK, one of the most favourite locks amongst insurance companies is the British Standard lock. These locks are considered to be ‘thief-resistant’ locks, and they are installed onto front and back doors. Here at Fast Keys, we have British Standard locks ready to purchase both online and instore.
It’s not just the front and back doors that you need to consider installing with locks. If you keep valuable documents in your home, then it’s important to keep them safe via a locking system, too. Furniture such as filing cabinets, pedestals, desks and cabinets can all be fitted with Furniture Locks to ensure that confidential or expensive information remains safe.
2. Install Burglar Alarms
Using an alarm as an audible deterrent against burglary is a useful way of making your home as safe as possible.
As it stands, only 34% of homeowners have working burglar alarms. It doesn’t take long for a burglar to establish whether a home has a working alarm, so giving off the illusion that yours is switched on simply won’t be effective.
Installing an alarm box outside your home is both a visual and audible deterrent to burglars. Insurance companies can also advise you on the right system to have in place for your home – there are many to choose from, including those which alert monitoring centres or even those which alert you via your smartphone.
3. Put Valuables Out of Sight
Burglars are more likely to break into your home if they have seen your valuables sitting in plain sight. So, one of the easiest ways to protect what’s most important to you is by ensuring that you keep valuables out of clear view. From sentimental jewellery to expensive gadgets, make sure that the things you value most are put away when you know you won’t be at home.
One of the easiest ways to hide your valuables is by locking them in a home safe. Home safes are secured by either digital keypads or traditional key and locks; burglars will have a tough time accessing your valuables when such strong locking systems protect them!
To enhance your safe’s effectiveness, it’s worth getting it professionally installed so that thieves don’t consider stealing the whole system. Wall safes are a popular favourite, as picture frames or mirrors can hide them.
4. Don’t Overlook the Garage
Your home includes more than just what is inside those four walls – the belongings in garages and sheds are just as enticing for thieves. Garages are often a common entry point for burglars as, if they can’t initially get into your home, they may find tools in the garage which will aid the process.
Make it a habit to lock all the doors to these places and have strong locks fitted so that you can trust that your items will be secure. To add an extra layer of security, consider using padlocks to deter burglars even more so.
5. Make Use of Lights
If you know you’ll be out of your home for most of the day, or even away for several days on a trip, it’s a good idea to put your lights on a timer. Putting your lights on a timer gives off the impression that there is someone home. This will immediately put burglars off breaking into your property, as it’s not worth the risk if people are home.
It’s also a useful tip to install sensory lights outside your property. These lights will shine brightly if a burglar was to approach.
Be Worry-Free By Knowing That Your Home Is Safe
As the UK’s leading key specialists, we know just how important it is to keep your home security as strong as possible. With these 5 tips in mind, your valuables have a far higher chance of being kept safe at home.
Get in touch with us today if you would like more information on keeping your home safe. We offer a wide range of key and lock services, including swift key cutting.