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What steps can I take to make my front door more secure?

When thinking of doors, particularly your front door, don't think of it as decoration that shows off your house, think of it as your first line of defence against burglars and intruders. Firstly, if you have an old door or one that hasn't been upgraded in a while it's a good idea to strengthen it. In most burglaries, the perpetrator forces the locks on the front door or simply kicks it in to gain access to the property. A strong and secure door with a strong deadbolt lock is the best deterrent to intruders and burglars. Consult a locksmith to weigh up your options when thinking about securing your front door.

Is common sense enough?

An indestructable front door is one thing but opening your door to strangers is another. As a rule of thumb, if you dont recognise a person who is at your front door be more alert to your surroundings. Install important safety equipment such as a door chain and mirror so you can see who is at the door without releasing the chain. Door chains in general are a good idea to keep you safe from anyone that is at your door. However, sometimes your front door alone has its own weaknesses that burglars can prey on without using you for help, there has been a sharp rise in 'Fishing' over the last few years.

What is 'Fishing'?

The actual process of ‘fishing’ basically involves a rod and a hook. If your letterbox is not secured properly it is simple for someone to put a makeshift fishing rod through it and fish around for valuables. This simple yet devastating technique is used nationwide by burglars to gain access to your personal valuables without having to even step foot in your front door. 85% of cars stolen are actually driven away by the person who stole it as they already had the keys!

How to prevent 'Fishing'

As the main access point to your front door for burglars is your letterbox it's a good idea to make this more secure. Invest in a letterplate restrictor to secure your property. This will block any intruder trying to gain access to your property and as it restricts the opening. Perfect for reducing the risk of vandalism, lock manipulation and 'fishing'. Another simple way to avoid being 'fished' is to leave your keys far away from your front door. Keep them in a safe place that only you and your family members only know about.

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How To Upgrade Your Home Security – Top Tips

Recent research highlighted that 25% of people admit to having no security at all, while another 14% admit to spending £50 or less on securing their home*. DIY home security has never been in easier and there are a huge range of simple cost effective products that you have can install yourself that can dramatically improve your home security. We are going to highlight some key areas to get you started.

Install an Alarm & CCTV System

Not surprisingly an alarm is the most commonly purchased form of home security and quite frankly you would be foolish not to have one with how easily accessible they are these days.

The Yale Easy-Fit range for both alarms and CCTV are both great bits of kit and could be installed by most competent DIYers. Both systems are feature rich and excellent value for money. With Yale you have a good support network through stockists such as ourselves and you always have peace of mind with Yale guarantees.

Secure Your Doors & Windows

The office for National Statistics latest crime survey for England and Wales reports 92% of all domestic burglary in a dwelling is committed through the front and back door, 52% and 40% respectively. There are many products on the market such as high security door locks to prevent lock snapping attacks and window jammers that can help prevent a burglar gaining access.

Security Lighting

The last thing a burglar wants is to be seen so having good lighting is an integral part of security for any property. Outdoor lighting should consist of good quality lights ideally with motion detection to trigger them when movement is sensed. An unexpected beam of light is bound to give a burglar a fright and warn them off. You can also save yourself some time and money with a product that combines lighting and CCTV (as pictured).

Deterrents

There are quite a few different burglary deterrent products on the market. A personal favourite of ours is the fake tv. This is an ingenious product that has a built in computer which shines LEDs at varying intensity’s and colours just like a television does, giving the impression to a would be burglar that somebody is home. There are also many ‘anti climb’ products on the market to make it more difficult to gain access to your property via fences or walls. The two most popular anti-climb products are prikka strips and anti-climb paint. It should be noted when using these types of products appropriate warning signs must be displayed or the property owner could be at risk of legal action if any harm is caused by them. However usually just the sight of these products is enough to scare of any unwelcome intruders. . 

Home Secure offer a huge range of products to secure your home secure such as locks, alarms, cctv etc

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