New Year Resolutions for your Home

So it’s the middle of January and have you kept your new years resolutions? Have you gone for a run at least once a week? Cut out chocolate? Or quit smoking? Resolutions are hard to stick too, but one thing you can’t ignore is your home security. Whether you forget to lock the front door, leave the window open or not set the burglar alarm, you can set yourself home security resolutions that are easy to stick to!

 First resolution- do a security walk through

This involves inspecting your home, starting from the outside. Is there any damage to the doors or windows? If you have a security alarm, check that it is working. It’s also worth checking your home insurance policy and making sure all your security measures match their requirements. It’s worthwhile making sure the batteries to your smoke/fire alarm are working while you’re doing this check as well. You can get a free home security check with Keytek when one of our engineers comes to perform work on your home.

Second Resolution- Get in to some good home habits

Getting yourself into a routine with your home security is one of the best ways to secure your home. You could have the best burglar alarm money can buy, but if you forget to set it, it’s useless. Get in to a habit of setting the alarm or checking the front door is locked every time you leave the house. It doesn’t matter if you are popping to the corner shop for 10 minutes, on average it takes a burglar between 8-12 minutes to break into your home and get out again. Even less if you’ve left the front door open for them!! Leaving your home unsecured for any length of time is a big risk.

Third Resolution- Consider a security update

If you don’t already have a burglar alarm, then consider investing in one. The sight of an alarm alone may be enough to deter burglars, so it doesn’t have to be the most expensive or advanced model. Home surveillance will also deter potential thieves, if you set up a couple of cameras (even fake ones) at visible points around your home will make a difference. If you really wanted to up the ante you could invest in one of Yales latest range of ‘smart locks’ these are a range of front door locks that you can lock and unlock remotely with an app on your phone. There are also camera doorbells, which can show you who is stood outside your home. However if you don’t want to splash that much cash,  investing in a simple measure such as a security light can be very effective.

 Fourth Resolution- Make it look like you’re in

An empty house is a burglars dream, so making it look like there is life inside your home is a great way to put them off. You can buy light timers for relatively low prices and with lamps going on and off throughout the day it gives the impression that someone is inside. You can also buy a television replicator that simulates scene changes, light fades and on screen motion, so to anyone lurking nearby, it would seem that someone is watching the television. You could even invest in an automatic curtain opener, if you are going away for a long time. Much like a light timer, it will open and close your curtains at the times you set. A burglar is less like to break in if they think someone is at home, so it’s worth thinking about investing in one of these measures.

You may not be making it to the gym every day or given up drinking, but you can make your home safer with our safety resolutions. They are simple and easy to stick to, but can make a huge difference in keeping your home secure.

Make home security one of your top New Year resolutions

Keytek Home Security Advice

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According to Halifax Home Insurance, there is a 10% increase in domestic burglaries and a 40% increase in thefts during the summer. With this in mind, are you doing all that you can to secure your home and prevent it from potential intruders this summer and in the following months? The Metropolitan Police advise that the Top Ten tips for securing your home are as follows:

  1. Don’t leave your keys or ID documents within easy reach of doors, letterboxes or windows.
  2. Close and lock all doors and windows. If you have multi-locking door handles, lift the handle, lock it with the key and remove it – LIFT – LOCK – REMOVE. Put the key out of sight but in a safe place in case of fire.
  3. Lock garages and sheds so garden tools and ladders can’t be used to break into your home.
  4. Keep side gates locked and wheelie bins stored behind them.
  5. Use timer switches linked to lights and a radio so it appears that someone is at home.
  6. Invest in a safe for valuables and sentimental items and securely fix it to a solid surface.
  7. Install a visible intruder alarm system – burglars don’t want to be seen or heard.
  8. Install low level ‘dusk till dawn’ lighting to increase visibility and deter burglars.
  9. Keep side and rear boundaries high to restrict access and front boundaries low to remove hiding places.
  10. Photograph and mark valuables and sentimental items with your postcode and house number/name. Register items with serial numbers at:

Now that you have some great advice to help make your home more secure, are you taking precautions for your own personal security? Whether you’re out and about or surfing the web, personal security should always be carefully considered. Take a look at our personal security page for some great tips to keep you safe!

Don’t forget about your garden security! This can sometimes be overlooked, so make sure you are doing all you can to make it safe from potential intruders. For more information and some handy tips take a look at our Garden Security Blog!