Budget Friendly Ways to Keep Your Home Secure
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Home Security on a Shoestring: Budget Friendly Ways to Make Your Home Safer
Most of us are facing financial challenges at the moment, and we’re all looking for ways to tighten our belts and save money. One area you shouldn’t scrimp on is home security. Trying to cut corners when it comes to keeping you and your family safe is often false economy.
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t still ways of getting the most for your money. Absolute Locksmiths Nottingham have some tips for making your home more secure without breaking the bank
Use what you’ve got
It may seem obvious, but before you think about upgrading your current home security, make sure that everyone in your household is making use of the measures you already have in place.
This means checking that everyone is locking windows and double locking doors where appropriate, as well as using door chains or spyholes before answering the door. It’s also worth reminding everyone of the importance of checking ID before letting anyone you don’t know into your home.
Of course, if locks aren’t up to the job, you should speak to a locksmith about having them replaced.
Hide it away
Whether it’s valuable or door and window keys, leaving anything in plain sight is a sure way to attract burglars. In addition if you leave keys out in the open you may invalidate your insurance.
If you have a lot of high value items such as TVs, PCs or games consoles in ground floor, consider fitting blinds to make it more difficult for potential burglars to see what you’ve got. Where possible move smaller, more portable items like laptops or consoles into cupboards out of the way.
Join you neighbourhood watch scheme
Getting together with your neighbours as part of a neighbourhood watch scheme can help to keep your local area safer. The scheme can help to prevent crime by keeping residents aware of what security measures they can take, as well as letting thieves know that people in the area are particularly vigilant and will report anything unusual.
The most effective neighbourhood watch schemes work with the local police force to keep everybody in the loop about criminal activity in the area. You can find out more about how to join or set up a neighbourhood watch scheme here.
Don’t tell burglars where you are
You might not even know that you could be giving people clues about whether you are away, but how careful are you about what you post on social media? Although it’s tempting to let everyone know how your holiday is going, you should be careful about how much you share about your movements. This is particularly true of platforms such as Twitter, where you have less control over who can see your content.
You should also remember to make voicemail greetings as vague as possible, especially for personal phones. Avoid messages such as “I’m out of the country for 2 weeks” and stick with a more generic “I’m away from my phone at the moment”.
Pretend you’re at home
There are many ways that you can make it appear that someone is home, when in fact your property is empty. The simplest way is to leave TVs or radios on while you are out to give the illusion that there are people talking inside the home.
A relatively cheap option is to buy and fit timers to lights. These are set to switch lights on, and off, when you are out of the house. As they can be programmed in advance, they a very handy when you are away.
Don’t make it easy for thieves
Avoid leaving anything outside your property that could make it easier for women to gain entry. This includes ladders or bins that could be used to get up onto roofs and get access to windows.
For the same reason, always check that you have closed and locked all windows, including upstairs windows, before you leave home
Get a good deal on insurance
Most of the tips so far cost very little, if anything at all. While you can’t dodge spending money on insurance, there are ways that you can keep the expense down.
Looking for insurance a few weeks before your renewal date can help you find a cheaper quote and gives you time to shop around. Using comparison sites will let you see arrange of quotes and can also give you an idea what level of cover you need. Remember even when you think you’ve found a cheap quote, it’s worth speaking to the insurer to see if they’ll bring it down even further. Buying your insurance through a cashback site can also help you save money.
Remember that takings some steps to improve your home security, such as joining a neighbourhood watch or upgrading locks, can also see your insurance premium reduced. Spending some money on better locks could save you money in the long run.
Get a security audit
If you are thinking about upgrading or replacing your locks, consulting a locksmith could help you keep costs down. Many reputable locksmiths will give you home the once over and give you recommendations for improvements. Choose a locksmith who is happy to give you free quotes before carrying out any work.