National Home Security Month

October is National Home Security Month and it is never too soon to look at ways of securing your home and possessions against theft. Here are some top tips from NATIONAL HOME SECURITY MONTH to help keep your home safe.

Enhancing your home security only takes a few simple steps to make a significant difference and doesn’t have to break the bank. And it’s a price worth paying for the added peace of mind that your family, home and belongings are safe.

As a result, we’re providing you with just a few simple ways you can advance your home security solutions.

Lock in the basics

Changing the locks on all your external doors is a quick and easy job that is relatively cheap to do. By simply upgrading the rim cylinder in your nightlatch, or the euro profile cylinder in a multi-point lock, you can be assured that your property has the very latest security protection.

Nightlatches are used on external timber doors and a good way to improve your security is by fitting a rim cylinder that meets British Standard 3621 (look for the Kitemark on lock packs and the lock itself).

You can also replace your cylinder by simply unscrewing the nightlatch, removing the existing cylinder and replacing with the British Standard version. All rim cylinders are a standard size, so you should be able to replace your existing cylinder easily.

If you have a PVCu or composite door, then you can upgrade the euro profile cylinder in your multi-point lock to a British Standard cylinder (again, look for the Kitemark on lock packs and on the lock itself).

Don’t forget to keep locks to sheds, garages and your back garden secure and maintained too.

Keep alert

Another straightforward DIY job is to fit a wireless home alarm system. As well as providing a visual deterrent to potential burglars, alarms are great for alerting you and your neighbours to a disturbance.

Make smart choices

With the rise of the smart home, smart security has developed considerably over the last year giving the modern homeowner a new way to monitor and secure your property. Now you can buy smart door locks, CCTV systems, and home alarms that notify you to any disturbances or potential intruders when connected to a smartphone, sending alerts, emails and even images of your home once triggered.

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