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Improving the Security of your Home

Home ProtectionIf you’re the victim of a burglary then it’s not just the stolen possessions that will have an impact. The emotional impact of a burglary can be significant. But there are a number of steps you can take to help protect yourself – and many of these aren’t costly.

Thankfully burglary rates have declined in England and Wales in recent years. The Office of National Statistics has recently published data stating that two in ten households were affected by burglary in 2011/12 compared to six in ten in 1995.

This doesn’t mean that we can be complacent however, as this drop is thought to be partly due to better security measures. So, what steps can you take to improve the security of your home?

Home Protection
Home protection is not necessarily about installing home alarm systems or CCTV, although this might be appropriate in some circumstances. There are some fairly simple actions that you can take to make your home less attractive to thieves. Keep valuables out of sight, make sure that you lock doors and accessible windows when you are out and, whatever you do, don’t keep a spare key “hidden” under a flowerpot or stone.

Make sure that your garden shed or garage is also kept locked and ladders are locked away too so that would-be-burglars can’t use your tools or equipment to gain access to your home. Finally, think about using features of your garden as a deterrent. Keep bushes cut back to limit potential hiding places, grow thorny plants in any weak points and use sensor lights if your garden is still vulnerable.

Mark your Possessions
You may also wish to mark any valuable possessions. This will make them less attractive to thieves, particularly if you use stickers to advertise that you have done so. Electronic marking, home marking kits and UV pens can all be used to do this – and they have the added benefit of increasing your chances of being reunited with your property should it be stolen.

Avoid Bogus Callers 

It is worth remembering that not all thieves break and enter. Some con their way in either by posing as genuine callers or by using distraction techniques. Don’t buy goods or services from doorstep traders and always request and check the ID of callers. Conmen often pose as workers from the local council or a utility company. Genuine callers will not mind waiting while you check their ID. If you have any concerns, call the police.

Of course, no security measures will prevent the most determined of burglars so it is equally important to ensure that you have insurance. You then have peace of mind if your home is broken into. When taking out home insurance make sure to review all of the building and contents insurance information provided so that you are clear about and understand what is and isn’t covered under the policy. Look for any excess on claims and any exclusions, such as if your property has been empty for a certain time.

It doesn’t take much to improve the security of your home and by making it less attractive to thieves you can reduce the risk of being targeted.