1. Make sure your doors are secure
34% of burglars gain entrance through a front door. Ensure your doorframes are strong and hinges are protected. If you have a letterbox make sure someone can’t reach through it to unlock the door. Things that will help security are installing a deadbolt, adding a strike plate, upgrading your door lock or fitting a smart lock and a security chain. You can even fit a video doorbell.
2. Lock your windows
Doors and windows are the most common entry points for a burglar. Unfortunately most manufacturers' latches and locks are flimsy at best. It is relatively easy to add extra secure locks. Single glazing is not so protective so it might be worth upgrading to double glazed windows with robust locks.
3. Light up your world
Burglars don’t like to be in the spotlight. Security motion sensor lights can be placed at strategic points around your home. Not only will they make your home more secure, they will avoid you stumbling on your way to your front door at night.
4. Security alarm
60% of convicted burglars said they were put off targeting a home that had a security system fitted. Once fitted make sure you set it every time you go out as burglars know the tell-tale signs to work out if an alarm is being used.
5. Security cameras
Cameras are a great deterrent and a means of recording an intruders actions. Cameras can work on their own or as part of a home security system. They should have a mobile app so you can view footage any time on your mobile device. Cameras are available with motion detectors, night vision and weatherproof casings.