LocksOnline Top 5 ways to increase home security. I thought I would take the time to put together a short list of 5 easy and cost effective ways to protect your home, loved ones and your valuables against crime. These are simple enough for anyone handy with a drill or spanner to complete and LocksOnline can supply all your needs, including tailoring your order to your own needs.
1.) Check your locks. Inspect all your exterior locks every year for wear, function and any signs of tampering. This may seem like a simple and obvious step but it often gets overlooked. If any of your locks are starting to wear then replace them immediately, and if they are on an exterior door remember to replace them with a British Standard BS3621 model such as the Era Fortress for maximum protection. This goes for not only the locks but also the keep or strike that the bolt engages with, in the door frame. Remember, the lock is only as good as the fitting!
2.) Fit window locks or espagnolettes. An espagnolette is a type of lock that fits to the vertical frame of a French door or casement (side hung) windows. If you have sash windows then you should look at investing in at some sash window locks also.
3.) Garage door locks. A point of access for criminals that is often overlooked is the garage, usually have direct, unimpeded access to the inside of the domestic quarters, therefore it is vital that this area is as protected as possible. A good option for these is the Enfield garage door locks, they are extremely robust and have a hefty hardened steel bolt with substantial 70mm throw. Once fitted these can provide great security not only for your vehicle but also for your adjoining building.
4.) Keep those locks locked! Now you have invested your time and money in getting your security up to standard dont let things slip but forgetting to keep everything locked up, not only when you are out but also when you come home. A frightening statistic is that 60% of burglaries happen when the occupants are actually at home so it makes sense to get the most use out of your home security products and keep them locked, especially when you are in.
5.) Get a safe fitted. Having a high security safe fitted is a cost effective and sensible solution to storing all your vital documents such as passports, deeds, car keys and cash. These are a very sensible solutions as not only does it add an extra lock between the thief and your valuables but can also protect against another devastating scenario, fire.
I hope this little list is of some use and although the risk of crime is always there, these countermeasures should give you a head start in the fight against the burglars. As the old saying goes; Prepare for the worst but hope for the best.
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