After your home has been broken into it can make you feel uneasy and vulnerable. It can also make you look at your home in a different way and make you feel unsafe in your own space. Due to this, I have written this article which outlines how to keep your home secure after a break-in.
If you are a victim of a burglary then ensuring your home is secure is essential. Following this article will help you find peace of mind within your home and help you to feel safer again.
Ensure your doors are secure
After you have been a victim of a break in the first thing you should do is ensure that your exterior doors are secure. You’ll want to make sure they are secure on the hinges, they are strong and they can’t easily be broken down. If you have a letterbox then you also need to make sure that the locks can’t be reached from the outside.
It is also best practice to install new, high-grade locks. This will ensure that you will be the only person who has the new keys to your home to rule out anyone having your keys previously and using them for malicious reasons. When installing the locks, you should also look to install multiple. If a burglar has to work hard to get into your home then they are more likely to give up and move on.
Install new windows
Another important factor to take into consideration is how secure your windows are. If you have older windows with only one lock then the chances are they can be easily broken into. If this is how the intruder entered your home initially then it’s best practice to replace your windows.
You can acquire secure windows from UK uPVC window manufacturers that you can either install yourself or get another person to install. Installing thick and secure windows minimises the ways in which an intruder can enter your home.
Install censored outdoor lighting
Most burglars typically avoid well-lit homes as there’s a higher chance of them being seen by people passing by. To decrease the chances of a burglar targeting your home again, install censored outdoor lighting that comes on when it detects motion.
This will decrease the chances of your home being targeted as the outside of your home will light up when motion is detected, warning off intruders. It will also give you peace of mind knowing there is an extra level of protection for your home.
Installing a security alarm is a great way to help keep your home protected, but if you are cautious that this may not be enough then consider investing in some CCTV cameras. Installing CCTV to watch the outside of your home is a good deterrent for burglars.
It can also help you to feel safer knowing that your home is being watched over when you aren’t there and if an event occurred you would have it on camera and be able to identify the suspects.
Keep your valuables in a safe
Some burglars will opt to steal smaller yet expensive items such as jewellery as it allows them to get away quickly and unnoticed. Although you can’t put every expensive item into a safe, it’s best practice to keep valuable items such as heirlooms in a hidden safe.
This ensures that your valuable items are locked away, making it harder for a burglar to take them. Having your items locked away means they are forced to focus on the bigger items and without a plan in motion, they will probably give up and leave.
In summary, if you have been a victim of a burglary then you will most likely want to do everything you can to keep your home as secure as possible to avoid anything happening again. Investing in your home’s security systems will help to give you peace of mind when leaving your home.
It is up to you how many precautions you put into place but I would suggest ensuring your exterior doors and windows are extremely secure. This minimises the ways in which an intruder can enter your home without creating a disturbance or being caught.