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Theft inside homes rises by around 20% over the holidays as there are more valuables under the Xmas tree. So, here are some tips to make your home more secure over the festive season.
Double Check Your Locks
One of the easiest ways for someone to gain entry into your home is by looking for poor locks. Or even doors and windows that aren’t secured at all. Perhaps you forget. Or maybe you have gotten into the habit of not using your locks. But they are there for a reason. As such, you should never leave your home without locking anything that can be. Criminals look for laziness and complacency when targeting a house. And this also includes your garage and vehicles.
Change Your Alarm Code
All too often, criminals can bypass security altogether by guessing your alarm code. For example, it’s not uncommon for people to use codes such as “1234” or “1111” on their security systems. This completely defeats the entire purpose of installing a security system in the first place. So make sure you change your alarm code this Xmas. Come up with a random code that a burglar couldn’t possibly guess. And never use something personal like a birth date.
Make Your Home More Secure with Smart Devices
Smart devices are making homes more than just somewhere to stay. They are helping our homes become more entertaining, accessible, and functional. There are many devices you can use with hubs like Alexa, which alone sells over 100 million per year. Smart security features such as Alexa Guard can alert you to the sound of breaking glass when you aren’t home. But you can also install cameras and locks you can control and view from anywhere in the world.
Check Your Home for Weaknesses
All the security in the world means nothing if you don’t use it well. The first thing you should do is check your home for weaknesses and work on fixing them. For instance, make sure higher windows can’t be accessed by a wall, lower roof, or even a stray ladder. Additionally, adjust your cameras to cover any blind spots. And you can install plastic window catches that make opening a uPVC window from the outside almost impossible to the point of not being worth it.
Don’t Forget Cyber Security
You may not be aware, but you can put your home at risk if you don’t pay attention to cyber security. Cyber security is securing your router, computer, and internet connection. However, it also extends to how you use things like social media. So, if you are taking a vacation this Christmas, don’t let every burglar in the area know it by posting about it on Facebook. Additionally, try not to make known all the expensive gifts you just placed under your tree.
With Christmas coming up, it might be a good idea to make your home more secure as crime rises. Make sure you use your locks, install smart devices and be careful using social media.