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30 Ways to Keep Your Home Safe
30 Cheap and Effective Ways to Keep Your Home Safe

Your home is not only your biggest asset, but it’s also where you spend the most of your time. There are still many risks despite perceiving your home as the safest place to be.  When it comes to protecting your family, property and your belongings, we believe you can never be too careful.

Daylight burglary is more common than you might think due to the lack of occupancy during working/school hours. It’s important that you take precautions day and night to keep your home secure all day round. All-round security can also help prevent other disaster turns such as house fires and cyber attacks.

By incorporating some of our useful (and simple!) home safety tips your home can be even safe than it is now.

Smart Home Safety Tips:

Teach your children not to open the front door – Teaching your children not to open the front door can eliminate many worries or dangers they could be exposed to. If they are spotted in the window by people coming to the door, teach them to call for you to answer the door

Develop a code-word for your household – By keeping a memorable word in your circle (family and trusted friends/neighbors) you can teach your children to never follow or leave with anyone who can’t say the code word on demand.

Make your home appear occupied when you’re out – Burglars will generally only follow through if the risk of being caught is minimal. Deter them by keeping lights or the TV on whilst you’re out.

Create a ‘favorites’ list on your phone/have speed dial – Add your spouse/close family or friends onto a favorites list so you can quickly ring them in the event of a home emergency

Keep your front and back garden trimmed to eliminate hiding places – Hedges are popular hiding places – keep them trimmed so potential intruders can’t utilize this.

Install motion sensor lighting – This can be placed on the exterior of your home and alert you of someone’s presence if it lights up through your window. Alternatively it keeps you calm so you can see what’s around you in the dark.

Install peepholes on your front door – This is especially useful if the front of your house can’t be easily viewed from your front room. It also lets you know who’s at the door without any nasty surprises.

Fit key-lockable windows – As windows are the easiest access point for burglars – key lockable windows guarantee you with the upmost security without breaking the bank.

Turn off location services during social media updates – This is a feature that’s on a variety of social channels – namely Twitter. Many do not realize this feature is turned on – turn it off now to deter anyone from knowing your location.

Note all serial numbers in case of emergency – Should the worst happen and you’ve had your valuables (namely electronics) stolen from your property – note you can report this to the police by providing serial numbers of your most valuable equipment.

Shut your blinds at night – You’d be surprised how many burglars can make use of your lights on – they can spot valuables from your window which is definitely not what you want. If you’re popping the lights on – shut the blinds to prevent anyone from peeping through.

Join a neighborhood watch program – Neighbors looking out for other neighbors are a win-win for everyone involved. Join your local neighborhood watch program or even start your own by creating a Facebook page as a space to voice any concerns of safety.

Create a home inventory – Many agencies give tenants an inventory form to check that everything residing in the property is still there/needs repairing. Keep the finished list or make your own copy and keep it somewhere safe just in case.

Teach internet safety – If you have children who are recently getting acquainted with technology, it’s definitely worth investing in parental tools and keeping your antivirus software up-to-date. Educate your children to never disclose your location, phone number or anything personal that could eventually cause harm.

Secure your wireless network from strangers – You wouldn’t leave your front door wide open – the same analogy should apply to your wireless connection. Hackers can be just as destructive as a burglar can be – ensure you have a secured network with a complex password that only your family and trusted friends have access to.

Get an etching pen – Although this might sound like quite an odd tip – it’s especially useful for any outdoor equipment you own that has a high chance of being stolen. Having your belongings etched reduces the chances of them being stolen or sold to someone else.

Add fences to your garden – Good, solid fencing around your garden with a good side-gate can be just what you need to keep unwanted intruders out of your property.

Pack away all your tools – By keeping your tools locked away you limit an intruder’s ability to break into your home with the added help. Keep things like ladders and other tools locked up.

Keep your online social media circle small – Go through your friends list – how many of these people do you actually talk to? Letting hundreds of people know what you’re doing or your whereabouts might not be such a great idea. Don’t let people know your family home is vacant posting your excitement on social media.

Add security stickers to your front/back doors and windows – Although burglars are likely to start at your door first – it’s very possible for them to try and get in through a back window. Place security sign stickers on the ground level winders to deter burglars from making a move on your property.

Install a reflective house number – Should the worst happen – a reflective house number can help the police identify your home in the case of an emergency. It can also deter burglars from trying to break an entry due to your home being identifiable.

Secure your street-parked car – If your home doesn’t come with a drive way – ensure you park in a well-light area and take all valuable items with you such as your phone, GPS, money and radios. Ensure all windows are rolled up and your car is securely locked. Don’t put spare keys in plain sight, even if the car is locked.

Add privacy film on glass – Reduce the chance of window shopping by installing privacy film on your windows. This can be very useful for anyone who lives alone or with children.

Reinforce windows – Small windows are attractive to a burglar and although it may seem like an extreme move – adding bars or safety glass to your windows can make it impossible for them to break through. There are plenty of aesthetically-looking bars you can install that won’t make it seem too distracting from your home’s exterior.

Change your locks when you move to a new place – You never who might have access to your property – especially if it’s rented. Ask your landlord if it’s possible to change them. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to a stranger being able to walk into your locked home.

Double and triple-check everything is locked – Although this might seem like the most basic item on the list – you’d be surprised how many of us have walked out of our homes only to realize our bathroom window hasn’t been locked. Check everything is locked before leaving your home one final time before setting foot out the door.

Do not reveal travel plans to maintenance workers in your home – Although your local handyman may be genuine, you just never really know who to truly trust in this day and age. Keep all holiday plans under wraps as to not risk your home being invaded during your time away.

Keep candles out if you leave a room or your house – It’s very tempting to have a quick chat in another room whilst you’ve got the fire or candles burning away. Save yourself any nasty surprises by supervising flames at all times. Home fire safety should always paramount so be cautious while enjoying the ambiance that candles can provide.

Install carbon monoxide and smoke sensors – Deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning send 4,000 people to A&E each year. Avoid this scary statistic by ensuring smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are tested monthly, and replace their batteries twice a year.

Swap out larger windows on doors – If you’ve got big windows on your front door, you’re giving burglars easy access to your home. Keep your home safer by opting for doors with smaller windows far away from the door handle, or a door with solely a peephole.

Remember that there’s no one method or product that will fully protect your home, it’s about having systems in place and an action plan to deter the worst from happening to you or your home. Stay safe and vigilant!

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