Mackenzie SmithAs October is National Home Security Month, here are some ideas about keeping your home safe and secure.

While the early autumn weather is producing some lovely sunny days, it is worth remembering that the nights will soon start to draw in as the seasons change.

Whether you are selling your house, preparing to move into a new home, or staying put, safety and security are always good things to think about. Usually, it can simply be to adopt a practical, common sense approach in assessing safety measures in your existing or new home, which can sometimes be targets for opportunist thieves. However, we are by no means suggesting to live in fear, but simply to consider your surroundings.

Top Tips

  1. Consider installing motion sensitive lighting fixtures above front doors, porches, garage doors and entrances to back gardens. Fit timers to indoor lights when you are out for the evening or going on holiday.
  2. If you are moving into a new property, familiarise yourself with the alarm and set a new passcode and above all, don’t forget to use it!
  3. Securely bolt or padlock side/back gates.
  4. Fit window locks to all downstairs windows and to easily accessible upstairs windows. Remove any ladders that could be used to gain access through upstairs windows or a flat roof.
  5. Be letterbox aware. As vehicle theft becomes more sophisticated and often to order, thieves turn to letterboxes to obtain keys. Make sure you put these and other valuables out of easy reach and sight of the front door.
  6. Put your mark on valuables with a UV pen; a discreet way to identify your items if they are stolen.
  7. Many sheds are used to store cycles, garden equipment and tools. Ensure you have a sturdy padlock on your shed door and also your garage.
  8. If possible, don’t allow the front of your home to be obscured by trees or hedges that may provide hiding places for thieves.
  9. Don’t get caught out online; be careful about what personal information you divulge on social media. Opportunist thieves often turn to Facebook and Twitter to target unsuspecting victims, so don’t give divulge information regarding your whereabouts and never reveal that your property is empty.
  10. Be a good neighbour and join the local Neighbourhood Watch group. If you are new to the area, this is also a great way of getting to know your neighbourhood and meeting new people.
  11. Ensure that you have adequate home and contents insurance.

For all other advice on moving house, letting a property or selling land, please contact your local office were our friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to answer your questions.

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