Home security has been on my mind lately.
Generally the area in which we live is pretty good, even though Nottingham has some incredibly high crime rates. We don’t have to think too much about burglary or theft. Recently, however, there are have been a few break ins near to us, several sheds have been stolen from and cars have been damaged. Mostly it’s quite petty, but it does affect lives and causes fear and distress to those affected.
Of course, we are also making plans for our attic conversion and have had to think about how to comply with building regulations with respect to fire safety. We’ll be installing quite a new wireless smoke detection system we think, instead of the usual fire paint on doors, so have been doing a little research into how this will work.
Areas to Consider:
What should you think about to ensure home is as well protected and safe as it can be? There is great advice available, like this from Legal and General on how to protect your home so do look around and do some research.
1. Home Alarm – only you can decide if the cost of installation and maintenance is worth it for you. It might depend on how you feel about the security of your home, and whether this will make you feel more secure whilst you’re there. If you live alone for example, you might feel more comfortable at night with the house alarmed.
2. Window locks – don’t forget to install window locks if you don’t have them, often home insurance will require them. And do use them.
3. Smoke Detectors – we all have these now right? They’re not expensive, and scattering them throughout the house could save your life, let along your home.
4. Property Safety – this covers all kinds of things, like bolts and locks on side gates, lockable garden storage and sheds, and ensuring ladders aren’t easily accessible. It could also mean installing good sensor lighting around the perimeter of your property
5. Contents Security – if you do find yourself in the very unfortunate situation of being burglared, using a system such as Immobilise can help you be repatriated with your personal property. It’s a free service and well worth looking into. Of course, do make sure that you have adequate insurance for the contents of your home too. Being reunited with it doesn’t always happen. It has to be recovered first.
Do you do enough to protect your home? Is your home safe?