Recent figures have shown that home break-ins in the UK have gone down 9%. This is largely attributed to a fall in the prices of electronics, meaning that burglars have less incentive to steal things that they can sell later on. However, we still live in a country ravaged by an economic crisis and high unemployment rates. Burglary still happens on a regular basis and therefore it is highly advisable to take the appropriate steps in order to ensure the safety of your home.
You can start securing your home by installing a good quality burglar alarm. The most basic type of burglar alarm will simply emit a noise in case of a break-in. If you are in the house at the time then you will most definitely be alerted but if you happen to away then you will have to rely on nearby neighbours getting in touch with the police or directly with you. By paying a yearly fee you can opt for a system where you and other key holders are alerted directly when the alarm goes off. This works on the basis that the alarm system contacts a monitoring company who will then get in touch with the homeowner. If you want to go all out you can actually pay to have your alarm system link directly to the police, however this does not necessarily guarantee that they will arrive faster than usual since the police have their own priority system. When going with this option you may want to additionally purchase regular maintenance check ups since the police will stop responding if you have more than three false alarms.
Most burglars will try to break in through a house’s windows so it is important to make these as secure as possible. Consider investing in shatter proof alarms that will go off in case of a shattered window. Strengthen your windows with solid locks and be sure to use double glazing. Laminated glass is generally harder to break than regular glass. Also remember to reinforce your door so that even the strongest burglar doesn’t have a chance of kicking it in. If you have a standard wooden door you can hire a company like UK Locksmiths to strengthen the door frame and install a deadbolt lock system. They will also be able to fit your door with a security chain as well as a spy hole, which is always fun to use.
The layout of your garden can also do a lot to discourage potential intruders. When I was recently locked out of my house I hopped over the back garden fence in an attempt to get in. Doing so I realised that my fence had little to no preventive qualities. Burglars will likely be daunted by a particularly imposing fence. You can also plant thorny bushes alongside the perimeter of your garden for a truly formidable defence. Follow these steps and watch your home transform into an impregnable fortress.