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November 1, 2016

Here Are Some Easy Ways To Make Your Home Safer

Basic Home Security MeasuresHere is how the industry broadly categorizes basic home security and the vulnerability of properties. By labeling and grading by the “skill & experience” of the criminals that will attempt to break into your property it offers a reasonable way to judge potential risk.

If you look at the grades and compare them to what you think about the potential type of risk your property faces, it could help you asses what steps you need to take to make your place safer & more secure.

It could be overdoing it to have an “all singing – all dancing” system fitted to a Grade 1 property. Conversely, it would probably be asking for trouble not to fit a comprehensive alarm to a Grade 4 property.

If you don’t really have any idea of the risk factors in your area, it would make sense have a local security company over to do a risk assessment and offer their advice.

Grade 1 – Low risk

Intruders are expected to have little knowledge of the alarm system and may be restricted to a limited range of easily available tools.

Grade 2 – Low to medium risk

Intruders are expected to have a little more knowledge of the alarm system and use a general range of tools and some specialist equipment.

Grade 3 – Medium to high risk

Intruders are expected to be conversant with the alarm system and have a comprehensive range of tools and portable electronic equipment.

Grade 4 – High risk

To be used when security takes precedence over all other factors. Intruders are expected to have the resources to plan an intrusion in detail and have a full range of equipment, including the means to substitute vial components in the alarm system.

Simple Basic Home Security Check

There are some things that you should look into even if you already have an alarm fitted – these points could be considered “good-practice” for every home owner.

  1. Fit deadbolts – sliding bolts can’t be picked like a lock
  2. Have a good quality door chain – if you have to open a door to someone you don’t know, a strong door chain can allow you to talk safely
  3. Fit good locks to windows – DIY locks are easy to fit
  4. Fit a light over the outside of an external door – sensor activated lights are useful, but you should also have an internal on/off switch.
  5. Internal sliding grills for rear ground floor windows can add extra peace of mind.
  6. Don’t leave ladders lying around
  7. Trim overhanging trees or bushes
  8. Don’t hide keys under a mat – or anywhere else around the outside
  9. Leave a light on if you go out at night – you can get simple plug-in timers to switch them on & off
  10. Cancel newspapers & magazine deliveries if you are going away for a while – a pile of unopened mail inside the door is a dead give away!

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