Buying a new house will mean you have loads of things to think about, ranging from utilities through to future improvements. But one area many people completely neglect to consider is security, and it is perhaps one of the most important things any home can have. Even basic steps can help to ensure the safety of you and your family, so that you can have a happy and secure future together in your new home.
There are a number of things you can do to beef up your home’s security, and most of them are not too expensive at all. Fast Keys Lock Services have put together a selection of different ideas, so you can take the safety of your home to the next level.
When we think of burglars, we usually have a picture of them entering through windows, but this is not accurate. Much of the time, they’ll gain access through insecure or weak doors, so these have to be shored up as a matter of priority. Often this can mean purchasing an entirely new door, which has the strength and robustness to withstand any intruder’s efforts. This is especially the case when it comes to back doors, which are traditionally weaker and also a more common point of entry than front doors.
Fitting a new lock is also a great way to help with door security, and it isn’t a particularly expensive process. You just need to make sure you get a lock with a British Standard Kitemark, as well as a BS361 cylinder lock, a TS007 3-star lock, or a SS312 diamond approved lock, as these are regarded as the best on the market. Adding bolts and chains is also a good way to bolster the strength of a door for relatively little cost.
Windows are also a favourite way for burglars to gain entry to your home, and therefore they must be as strong as possible – especially ones on the ground floor and at the rear of the property. Two important things to ensure any window has are locks (you’d be surprised by how many people don’t have these) and laminated glass. The latter won’t shatter under pressure, and therefore makes it far more difficult for burglars to make their way past them.
It you have old, wooden-framed windows in your new property, it might be best to have them replaced completely. Newer UPVC and metal frames generally come with fantastic security already attached to them, so will give you great peace of mind.
External Security Features
Now that you’ve secured the entry points to your home, you can think about other ways to prevent and discourage intruders. Perhaps the best way to do this is by making the outside of your property particularly challenging for them. So, how about considering a CCTV system (they aren’t too expensive anymore), or adding some automatic lights to your external walls? The latter might not seem like a particularly important feature, however evidence shows that they are a great way to deter intruders.
Getting better fences is also a great idea, as intruders really don’t want the hassle of scaling a 6 foot one. They’d much rather head elsewhere and hop over a small fence, especially if they have their arms full of swag! Make sure these higher fences don’t simply act as ladders to your property though, so think about where you put them.
Internal Security Features
Internal security features won’t stop a burglar from entering your home, however they might cause them to make a swift exit. The best of these is undoubtedly an alarm system, which will sound off loud and proud when it’s triggered, and can also be programmed to automatically notify the police if required. Internal CCTV can also be very useful, as it can be a great way to catch images of any intruders, therefore leading to a greater chance of them being caught.
Internal security isn’t just about protecting your home from intruders though – it’s also used to protect against fire as well. Perhaps the most important thing you can do when you move into your home is check the fire alarms and ensure that they are all working correctly, or even request a home fire safety visit from the local fire service (check your local brigade to see if they offer a similar service). You should also ensure that you have a carbon monoxide tester if you have an open fire in your home.
So, there you have it: a number of great ways for you to improve the overall safety of your new home. Most of them don’t take too long to install, however all of them will make you and your family sleep that much easier at night. Let us know your security tips in the comments below.