Our home is our castle, so it makes sense to try and keep everything secure. We all have such hectic schedules that it can be hard to remember even the simplest safety measures. Here are some of the most common security mistakes which we should all try to avoid!
FORGETTING THE BURGLAR ALARM
It’s been a long day, and you just want to wend your way upstairs to your nice comfy bed. Before you hit the hay, make sure you remember to set your alarm. They help to scare burglars (especially if you have an old-school bell alarm!) and are crucial if you want to make a successful insurance claim for stolen or damaged property.
LEAVING VALUABLES ON DISPLAY
Wallets, car keys and jewellery are just three items that people leave lying willy-nilly around the house. Why not buy some storage lockers to keep everything in a safe place upstairs? They’re cheaper than robust home safes and are just as tough.
That way you can keep a closer eye on your valuables! The hard part is remembering to lock things up at the end of the day, so leave a note on your bedside table.
LEAVING THE GARAGE UNLOCKED (OR OPEN!)
How many times have you glanced out the window and thought ‘I’m sure I closed the blumming garage door!’ You might think that the garage is a place to dump all your unwanted junk, but it can be a goldmine for thieves on the lookout for bikes and tools to steal quickly and easily.
After you’ve mown the grass or the kids have put their bikes back in the garage at the end of the day, make sure the door is shut and locked. It’ll only take thirty seconds!
LEAVING A KEY UNDER THE MAT
You’d be amazed, but plenty of people still do this! It’s one of the worst things you can do in terms of home security. Leaving a spare key outside the house in case someone gets locked out is fine, but it needs to be done properly.
Get a fake rock to put your key inside and bury it in the garden (leaving a trowel somewhere hidden as well). Most people tend to leave the rocks lying around in the garden, but they’re easier to spot than you think.
FORGETTING TO ASK FOR ID
A common trick that burglars use nowadays is to trick their way into people’s homes by pretending to be gas men or electricians. You should always ask workmen or police officers for identification if they knock at your door. They are breaking the law by refusing to show you their badge.
If you are unsure of what information should be on their identification, or you are unsure of how to spot a fake badge, contact your local police force on their non-emergency number, and they will be able to supply you with the relevant information.
FINALLY…A NOTE ON CONFRONTING INTRUDERS
If you are in the house when a break-in happens, the most important thing is to get to a secure place and phone the police. Confronting intruders is a bad idea, because you will rarely be lucky as the man in the video below!
Sponsored post by James Archer on behalf of The Safe Shop.