simple to implement but effective and easy steps for better home security in 2014

Just like burglars can access your house in the blink of an eye, it takes only a few moments for some easy steps to ensure the security of your family from housebreakers. In most cases, it is your own carelessness that invites burglars into your house, and making you their prey. After all, most burglars are opportunistic ones, that is, they only act upon an opportunity that they have been offered by none other than you. The following tips will allow you to review the trivial yet consequential things that can make change making you the easy target of burglars.

  • Doors & Windows

73% of burglars use doors, which are open in 3% of the cases. Therefore, these are undeniably the most vulnerable parts of your house. In fact, burglars report that doors and windows are often left unsecured or even wide open. Neither the police nor the insurance company will be able to help you if there is no evidence of a break-in. It is therefore necessary to follow the basic security steps: Target hardening by installing a sturdy, solid core or metal door at entrance points, a wide angle peephole and beware of fraudulent bogus visitors and finally metal track blockers, especially for sliding doors. Door chimes could be a useful addition, too. Moreover, keep valuables away from your windows. Both, doors and windows should be properly maintained and locked no matter how brief you leave the room unoccupied. Security Grilles are the best option that will not overlook the aesthetics of your property.

  • Locks & Keys

Unluckily, burglars are cunning enough to devise ways to access your house and have all the necessary skills to unlock an ordinary door. Thus, the likelihood of being burgled is six times greater if your windows and doors are not secured by locks, as well as double locks or deadlocks on outside doors. It is a must to install new locks if you move to a new house. Thus, ensure that all locks around the house have quality knob-in-lock set with dead latch and anti-bumping mechanism. The locks are useless if the keys are lying around obviously- so make sure that you take good care of them by keeping them in a safe place, out of reach of strangers, or even children, who might assume they are playthings, may unconsciously leave them at the disposal of unscrupulous people. Leaving the keys in their locks or in the vehicle is not an advisable option either.

  • Lighting & Landscaping

56% burglaries happen at night. Since burglars want to go unnoticed, they mostly act while it is pitch black and turn your own property to their advantage. No matter how much you think you are the only one knowing your own house, burglars are no less than ninjas who can crawl around bushes, take cover behind bins or make the best of all available hiding spots that you are actually providing him. Avoid leaving around items that may aid them. Besides, leaving signs of your property being unoccupied- A dark house, an unkempt garden, uncollected mails- definitely invites them, as they are most likely to burgle a vacant house. Furthermore, growing thorny plants, as well as using gravel on pathways can deter burglars.

  • Gadgets & Gizmos

Finally, fit the appropriate equipment for ensuring the house is well secured even if you are present or away. Alarm systems and camera surveillance are among the most efficient ones. Even placing the signs can have the immediate effect of intimidating burglars. Then, installing timers to leave the television or radio playing when you are away is a great way to fool intruders.

Those simple steps are indeed worth implementing for the security of your house, as well as the safety of your family, as they are fool-proof ways in preventing burglars from making you their victim.

Remember! If you really want to keep your home secure and your family safe, you have to invest in a good home security system to protect your windows and doors effectively. For more information, please speak to a member of the RSG Security team on 0208 123 1088 or visit our range of RSG Security Products.