Security is one the most essential needs of life. Psychology theory “Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs” only ranks breathing, sleeping, eating and drinking as more important than security. It is something everybody worries about, from those in low income housing to those who live in mansions. Luckily, for every security worry, there is a solution. Here are a few tips and tricks you can utilise to help keep what you hold dear safe from harm.
Doors and Windows
If you have the money, the best way to ensure window and door integrity is to install those with the latest security technology. There are certain standards you can look for – if a window carries the BS7950 certificate, it is classed as a window of “enhanced security”; the door equivalent is PAS 24-1.
Unfortunately not everyone can afford to buy new doors and windows, but there are still plenty of things you can do. For one, you can install a rim latch, which locks a door when it’s closed, but allows those inside to open it without a key. There is also the reliable chain and catch, which allows you to view who is at the door before you open it.
The best tip, however, is also the simplest – keep things locked. We are not being condescending here either, as the following video, made by the Essex Poilce force, points out that any unlocked doors or windows can be a beacon for potential thieves.
Ensuring everything is locked when you go out, or go to bed, is paramount. The most sophisticated security system in the world is worthless if this basic step isn’t followed.
When simply locking things isn’t enough for your sense of mind, you can take things up a notch with electronic aids. At the top end, there are CCTV systems. While you may think these systems are only used by businesses looking to secure their property, there are in fact plenty of affordable models for homeowners. And though their primary function is to record anything going on, they also act as a huge deterrent, as their presence alone tells burglars that the house is likely secure.
Doors and windows can be secured further with the installation of alarms. There are two types of household alarms:
- The first kind simply makes noise whenever it is activated, alerting those inside or outside the house to a breach
- The second kind is monitored 24/7, and can alert the police when there is an intrusion
Last, but by no means least, are the motion activated lights. While some can be an annoyance if they get set off by cats all the time, setting them so they only activate if there is movement in a particular area (i.e. a shed, a back porch) can act as a great deterrent.
Walls and Fences
It may not seem like much, but having even a basic perimeter around your house can help keep out intruders. It doesn’t have to be huge – even a chest high wall can be a put-off, as it’s not ease to vault when carrying things. Though it must be pointed out that the use of barbed/razor wire and broken glass is illegal, and any wall toppings capable of causing injury must be well signposted.
There are other things you can use to compliment your walls and fences. Gravel is noisy under foot, so burglars may be wary about stepping on it and leave. Thorny hedges and bushes are also a fairly inexpensive deterrent, but you must also insure that passersby aren’t in danger of being hurt by the bushes as they walk past.
A lot of what is mentioned above is applicable to sheds, greenhouses and detached garages. There are a few things that are unique to them – for example, making sure your shed is secured to the floor, to prevent people simply lifting it up to gain access – but on the whole, keeping things locked and monitored by alarms do wonders.
Since they are perhaps easier targets for burglars than houses, you may want to take extra measures to secure the content inside. Buying a lock box, or a bolted-down wire frame cage, to secure tools and other belongings in will go some way to making sure that, even if there is a breach, the most expensive items are safe.
Overall, the best advice we can give you is to utilise common sense. If you are going out, making the house look occupied (lights left on, curtains drawn etc.) can be just as useful as keeping everything locked. Also, don’t leave valuables on full show when going to bed. If they are somewhat hidden, they may still be there in the morning even if you are broken in to. Utilise all fo these tips, and you hopefully be able to sleep sounded at night, knowing you have done all you can to keep everything safe.
Door lock: www.wikipedia.org
Camera and alarm: www.wikipedia.org