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Top Home Security Tips For Summer

Top Home Security Tips For Summer

Home security is important all year round but the arrival of summer brings additional challenges. Our houses get warmer and stuffier, we spend more time outside in the garden and we go on holiday. As well as remembering to activate the burglar alarm when you leave the house here are some other things to remember when the temperature outside starts to rise.

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Even on a hot day, if the house is empty, close and lock all windows

Even on a hot day, if the house is empty, close and lock all windows

As the weather improves it may be tempting to leave a small upstairs window open for ventilation when you are out. However it has been proven that even the smallest window is no deterrent for the most determined of burglars. Even if your intruder alarm is on, a break in by this method could invalidate your home insurance. Also make sure that your windows and doors have good quality locks that are appropriate for their construction

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Lock the front and back doors when you are out in the garden

Lock the front and back doors when you are out in the garden

With summer on its way, you are likely to be spending more time outside in the garden. However, cutting the grass or even sitting in the back garden with the radio on can give an opportunist thief the chance to nip inside your home and help themselves to your valuables. Don’t make it this easy for them by locking all outside doors that are not in your direct line of vision

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Keep your garage and shed locked at all times

Keep your garage and shed locked at all times

It is very easy to underestimate the value of items stored in your shed and garage. However the replacement costs can add up when you consider the items most people now store there e.g. bicycles, lawnmowers, power tools, camping equipment, wine! Garages and sheds also commonly store ladders and hand tools that could be used to break in to your home

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Don’t leave items in the garden overnight

Don’t leave items in the garden overnight

After a day relaxing in the garden, it may be tempting to leave outside overnight things such as children’s toys, barbecues, parasols, portable garden furniture etc. But if something is small enough to be easily carried it is worth the time and effort of storing it safely. If this is not practical then make sure that your boundary fencing or hedging is of sufficient height to make it difficult to see into your garden and to get into or out of easily

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Don't forget about hanging baskets, young trees, shrubs, and newly laid turf

Don't forget about hanging baskets, young trees, shrubs, and newly laid turf

These items are stolen from people's homes on a regular basis. New plants are much easier to remove from the ground than established ones, so remove all plant labels and ensure that the soil around newly bedded plants does not look as though it has been recently disturbed. Steel plant anchors can be used to secure more expensive items in the ground but can prove difficult if you decide you want to move the plant later. Hanging baskets are commonly stolen, especially from the front of the house. Anti theft hanging baskets are available to buy or padlocks can be used to chain them to their supports. Cctv is also a good all year round deterrent and may be worth investing in.

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A home that looks unoccupied is a prime target for burglars

A home that looks unoccupied is a prime target for burglars

If you are going on holiday the most important thing is to ensure that all windows and doors are locked and that the intruder alarm is set. The next most important thing is to do as much as possible to make your home look lived in. Ask a neighbour to pull your curtains closed occasionally and to move any mail that is accumulating at the door. Use timers on lights to mimic your typical routine and consider leaving a radio on. Also remember to cancel any regular deliveries of milk and papers etc. If you are going away for an extended period consider arranging for your lawn to be mowed.

If you need help with your home security any time of the year GLD Security http://www.gldsecurity.co.uk will be happy to help.