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DIY Home Security

Keeping your home secure can be a tricky and expensive process… Especially if you haven’t got any experience of making a premises secure. However, DIY home security can actually be relatively inexpensive. Plus, it’s a good place to start if you have just moved into a new property.

You don’t have to fear ‘doing it yourself’ when it comes to home security. Technology has made it easier for us to keep ourselves and our homes secure with minimal effort. Though there can be a cost involved depending on how advanced you want to go.

If you’ve decided to take the plunge into DIY home security, then here’s our top things to remember.

DIY home security – some things to remember

Home security isn’t as simple as ensuring you have a lock on your front door and an alarm set. It’s ensuring that it will also deter any criminals. Or, if a break-in is attempted, that you can have footage or images that you can use as evidence when contacting the police.

It’s knowing how to keep your files safe and secure and it’s also ensuring that your electronic devices are protected too.

Locks

All modern day homes will have a lock on the front door. But, there’s no harm in installing extra security measures. It may be worth getting an additional lock on your front door or even a chain to ensure extra strength security. These can usually be picked up from any DIY store and are not particularly difficult to install.

As well as your front door, you should make certain that your back door, porch door and windows are all fitted with a lock too. You should try not to store your spare keys anywhere that may be easily accessible, in view through any windows or anywhere close to a door

Alarms

According to both London’s Metropolitan Police and a Which? Survey of ex-burglars, you’re much less likely to be burgled if you have a well fitted and maintained alarm system. Making fitting one an extremely worthwhile investment.

Alarm systems are becoming increasingly cost effective and easy to install, meaning that they should be a mandatory step in your DIY home security regime.

The types of burglar alarm you can choose from vary. They include:

  • A ‘bells only’ alarm which makes a noise, but do not contact anybody (e.g. the police or yourselves)
  • A dialler burglar alarm which automatically dials your phone number when the alarm is triggered
  • A smart home security system which contacts either yourselves or your friends/family when the alarm goes off through an app
  • A monitoring contract which is an alarm for which you pay monthly. If the alarm is triggered the alarm company or the police will take immediate action.

You can either pay for an installation, or attempt an installation yourself. There are plenty of videos online to help you to achieve this, but it is crucial that the installation is done properly.

Home habits

We mentioned before how leaving a key in an easily accessible area is a sure-fire way to compromise your home security, but what about other common bad habits of the everyday homeowner?

Every DIY home security task should be equipped with a checklist, and on this checklist it’s worth ensuring that you bust your bad home habits for good. Here are some of the most common poor security habits that you may have (make sure you’re working to prevent them).

Not locking the door

The amount of people who fall victim to burglary after forgetting to lock the front door, or after leaving it open to pop to the shops is huge. According to a home security company study:

  • 25% of people routinely forget to lock their back doors
  • 70% of people feel more at risk from burglaries today than they did 10 years ago
  • Most burglaries happen through the front door after meticulous scanning from thieves of the best entry points

Leaving your key with people

If you’re heading out of town, it can be easy to hand your key over to a friend or a family member to look after the house in your absence. Be careful who you trust however. Make sure you’re leaving your key with someone of whom you not only have the utmost trust in, but also who can be trusted to keep your key in a safe place whilst you are away.

Hiding your key outside

As mentioned above, another common mistake homeowners make is leaving a spare key outside their home. Burglars who have been interviewed after their arrests have said that one thing they specifically do when staking out a home is to look for a hidden key.

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Document security

Having your physical belongings stolen is one thing, but how about having your identity stolen too? According to research in 2017, there were some 16.7 million victims of identity theft. Ensure your personal details are protected whilst executing your DIY home security regime by:

  • Never writing down passwords anywhere, these could be accessed by a burglar who would then have entry to all of your personal files.
  • Shredding any old documents with your private details on.
  • Keeping private documents in a secure place. For example, in a locked filing cabinet.

Password protection

If your home is broken into, then you’re going to want to make sure that anything of value – or that may have your personal details on is of no use to the perpetrator. You can often do this by password protection. During your DIY home security regime, make sure you update your passwords on:

  • Mobile phones
  • Laptops and desktops
  • Tablets, kindles etc.
  • Smart TVs
  • Smart home gadgets
  • Xboxes and Playstations

You should update your passwords regularly so that if they fall into the wrong hands, theft can still be prevented. For more passwords tips and hints, head over to our blog.

For more information on keeping your files secure, contact us. We are based in Cheshire and as well as shredding business documents, we can also help with your personal document shredding needs if you are local to our facility.

Posted on: August 7th, 2018