In general I’d say that Jan and I are fairly sensible people. We wear protective gear when doing DIY, we don’t knock walls down without getting structural advice first and we try not to hit our fingers when nailing down floorboards.
Keeping safe is obviously important and when it comes to our home, we also like to think that we’re doing things right. So as well as our own personal safety, a big consideration is also protecting our home.
Have you ever wondered about how to keep your home safe?
We’ve already shared a few of the hazards we’ve faced in our home over the last few years including such fun things as asbestos, lead paint and dodgy gas pipes (you can read more about the hazards here and here), but another big consideration for us is to protect our home from break-ins.
We of course have an alarm system, but did you know that there are a lot more things that you can do to help make your home less tempting for burglars?
The Co-operative Insurance recently put together a really interesting infographic where ex-burglars shared which security measures really work and which ones are less effective. After all, who else is better to ask than the people who used to do exactly what we’re all trying to avoid happening to us? You can see the full infographic here.
Here are a few of the things that you can do to help keep your home safe
Making sure your home looks lived in when you’re away has got to be one of the easiest things to do but according to the Co-op study, is also one of the most effective.
Let your neighbours know you’re away. Use timers to switch your lights on and off, get one of your neighbours to collect the post and you could even get someone to walk along your path a few times if it snows so that the footprints will create the illusion that someone’s home.
The easier it is to get in, the more tempting and more likely it is that you could get burgled. Always lock your windows and doors. Make sure you have good locks and never leave tools and ladders outside. Having boarded up windows probably isn’t the best way to keep your home safe.
The main reason we had our alarm installed was down to all other neighbours having one. We figured that if anyone was going to break in, they’d probably choose a house without an alarm over ones with a burglar alarm.
These are some of the things that we’re already doing to keep our home safe, but having seen the infographic (we found some of the results really surprising), we’ll definitely be adding a few more security measures to our home!
If you’d like some tips on how to keep your home safe, why not head over to the Co-op website to check out the survey for yourself.
Have you ever wondered how effective your home security is? What do you do to keep your home safe? Are you making any common mistakes that could make your home susceptible to burglaries?
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