Half terms. Easter. Ski season. Summer holidays. “Will the house be safe when we’re away?” Getaway times should be for relaxing, not fretting.
But there’s a lot you can do to lessen the risks – and the worry.
Here are some tips that any homeowner can consider:
1. Garden and other tools can be used to gain entry. So always lock them away. Garden furniture can help an intruder get into first floor areas. So secure or remove these, too. Burglar alarms are a deterrent, and should be monitored.
2. Ensuring the correct sensors are fitted to windows and doors means an intruder will trigger an alert before they gain entry to your home. Windows should have opening restrictors. External doors should have British Standard and insurance-company approved 5-lever mortise deadlocks. Patio/bi-fold doors are particularly vulnerable – existing patio doors can be fitted with additional security bolts to stop lifting and forced entry.
3. Add locks or bolts to any internal doors with external access. Consider sectional security in your home to delay an intruder.
4. Can an intruder get onto your property undetected in the first place? Security cameras should have a 360-degree view of your home, ideally externally monitored by a Response Centre. AI cameras ensure you’re not disturbed on holiday by false alarms.