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The bad habits compromising your home security

 

We all pick up habits as we go about our daily life. However, without realising it, some of your habits could be compromising your home security. Your bad habits may seem insignificant or unnoticeable to you, but burglars are opportunists. We have compiled a list of some of the habits that will make your home most vulnerable to burglars. Being aware of how your habits are making you a target means you can start to rectify them and in doing so strengthen your security.

 

Social media overshare

It’s all too tempting to share your latest holiday plans on social media but this could be compromising your home security. Sharing your latest plans, when you’re going to be away, or home alone, could make you a target. On sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, with privacy policies changing regularly or being unclear, you never know who might be watching. All it could take is for one opportunist to make the most of this snippet of information. If you want to let someone know that you’re going to be away from home, it is safest to call them instead or to update your social media when you’ve arrived home. 

 

Leaving doors and windows unlocked

A surprisingly high number of burglaries occur because a window or door has been left unlocked. Therefore, whilst it might seem obvious, ensure that you have locked doors and windows before you leave the house, go to sleep, or leave a room unattended for extended periods of time.

 

Hidden keys

Having a spare key can be really useful. However, hiding it under the mat or under a fake rock can compromise your security; these are obvious places and the first places a burglar will think to look. Instead, if you have a spare key think of somewhere more creative, and ideally, in a difficult to access location. Therefore, the burglar either won’t think to look there or will have to arouse suspicion in retrieving your key. However, where possible avoid using hidden keys.

 

Not using your alarm system

If you have an alarm system installed, you should be making use of it. Ensure that the alarm is on whenever you leave the house, but it can also be a good idea to have it on even whilst you’re at home. You could switch between the ‘home’ and ‘away’ settings on your alarm dependent on your location. If you don’t already have an alarm system installed, you should consider investing in one.

 

Leaving ladders and equipment outside

After a hard day of DIY, you may be feeling too tired to put away your ladder or tools. This could compromise your security. Leaving ladders or heavy tools outside arms potential burglars with the aid to break into your house. Don’t make this mistake. When they’re no longer in use, stow your equipment away either in the house or in a locked shed.

 

Leaving valuable possessions in view

Leaving your valuables in view, such as technological devices or jewellery could make you a target. A burglar will look into your home before they make the effort to break in. Therefore, make it appear as though your home is not worth stealing from. Store your valuables away from the window and where possible, in a secure safe.

 

Please feel free to contact us if you would like more advice on how to improve your home security.

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