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Securing Your Property
Guest post by Alexander Fox
The security of your home is of the utmost importance to you and your family. Although some security solutions are obvious – there may be others that you are not aware about. Although many people hail modern technology as being great for convenience and everyday life – this has unfortunately extended to tools and methods which can be used to breach homes and allow intruders to access your property.
There are a variety of ways in which you can increase the security of your property whether this is by hiring a locksmith to provide recommendations or taking active steps to increase your security. So, read on to learn our vital tips and tricks to secure you home.
1. Arranging for a Security Consultation
There’s a lot of aspects to consider when you are reviewing and improving the security of your home. You can hire a locksmith or security consultant to take a look at your property and offer honest recommendations to increase your safety. A couple of things that may be highlighted as needing improvement are as follows.
- Older locking mechanisms that can be breached by new techniques.
- Doors that jam may need to be repaired as they will not lock properly.
- Window locks may need to be improved if they are at risk of a breach.
- A security system may be recommended in areas where break-ins are more likely.
- Highly advanced locking systems may be recommended in areas where break-ins are more likely.
A security consultation is a great way to ensure that your security and locking systems are up-to-date and are doing their job to keep you and your family safe.
Failure to have sufficient security during a break-in can affect insurance premiums – so investing in your security is also a great investment should you suffer from a break-in.
2. Change the Locks of Your Property
Anybody could have keys to your property. Whether a previous landlord has issued multiple sets of keys or a previous owner gave a set to their dog sitter – someone, somewhere could have a key to your property. Should someone have not been careful with the keys and they had an address tag for example then this could be the perfect target for a break-in. When you take action and change your locks – you know how many keys are issued and where they are.
3. Invest in Good Lighting
Good lighting is another way to deter potential intruders. Lights at night will ensure that they have nowhere to hide and will make it much more difficult to access your property. It’s also important when going away on long trips to take as much action as possible to make it look as if your house is still inhabited as thieves may target a house that has been empty for extended periods of time. Consider making it look as if someone is home or ask the neighbours to pop in every couple of days to make sure that everything is safe and secure.
4. Create a Password on Your WiFi
Although not a physical security step – securing your WiFi is also highly important. You don’t know what information a potential hacker may be able to access when connected to your network or what they are trying to upload / download on your connection. Ensure that your password is not a word in the dictionary and try wherever possible to not have the password written on a computer or online. You can consider an online password vault that protects your passwords or have a physical copy written somewhere secure in your home.
5. Protect Your Outhouses
Sometimes homeowners forget about outhouses and garages, but these are often easy targets for burglars. Ensure that you invest in good security for these areas as well as your property. For cars, you can consider alarms and security systems in a garage area or ensure that they are in sight of your property. You can also use a security system such as security cameras to monitor areas of your property or areas outside of your property that you cannot see from your home.
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Alexander Fox works for Forth Locks who have many years of experience as domestic and commercial locksmiths. They help their clients secure their homes in ensuring that they have a local locksmith in Edinburgh available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.