How safe is your home?

Keeping your home and family safe is one of the things which you strive for in life. But sometimes when you move to a new area, it can be a bit daunting knowing how to keep your home safe.

There is always talk around your local neighbourhood or street about crime and that can make you concerned. Don’t let this scare you, just take a look at our points below to see how you can improve your home’s security.

Do your research

You can use a website called This will show all recorded crimes in your area. You might be surprised of how rarely burglary crimes happen.

Secure up

There are a few simple ways you can make sure your home is secure.

• Always lock your doors, garage, shed and windows when leaving the house.
• If you live on a street, make sure you keep your curtains closed.
• Install security lights.
• Keep valuable belongings out of sight.

A few tips

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to scare off potential criminals is to get a beware of the dog sign. It doesn’t matter that you don’t have a dog because passing criminals will most probably be scared to enter your home if they think a scary dog is inside.

Other signs like, “CCTV in operation” can also warn off criminals – just try and use your imagination.

It might sound silly, but leaving a ladder outside your home can create an easy way for someone to break into your home.

Know your gadgets

Simple things like CCTV can protect your home, this can be one of the more expensive ways to protect your home but well worth it.

Something I have seen is a fake TV light. This recreates the light that your television makes. So when you leave the house just turn this gadget on and criminals will think someone is home.

Another gadget is a called “Electronic Watch Dog”. It is a gadget which picks up movement and lets out an aggressive barking noise. The closer the intruder gets the more frequent the barking. As getting a dog is a big investment, this will be perfect if you’re on a budget.

Remember your house will probably never be “break-in” proof, but you need to make your house less attractive to criminals.

Chloe Woodhouse for Right Surveyors – Twitter: @CJWBlogger

Alex Evans

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