The winter months bring their own challenges and risks to your home. Weather conditions can affect everything from your roof to the power supply of your house. Accidental damage can be avoided during the holidays by following expert advice. The Christmas holidays also often mean that there is an increase in home burglaries.
To reduce the changes of your home being broken into over the course of this winter, read on to find out the steps you can take to protect yourself and your belongings.
Check Your Locks
Make sure that all of your locks in your front and back doors and any other entryways into your home, garage and sheds are secure. If you cannot find keys to any of these locks, you should have the locks replaced.
Do a Door Inspection
Make sure that your doors close tight and that they are in good enough shape to withstand someone trying to push them in. If you have any doubts about their ability to keep someone out, you should purchase new doors that have a high security rating. Also any sliding doors should lock firmly.
Get A Home Alarm System
You have been thinking about it for a while now, well now it the time to finally get that alarm system you have been eyeing.
Alarm systems are great deterrents to thieves looking for an easy score. Get the best monitoring service for your home, because you want to make sure that their security will respond if there is a break in at your home.
Today you can purchase low cost camera monitoring systems that can be placed around your home and activated if there is movement. These systems will prompt your mobile phone and show you what it is capturing on your cameras in real time. Best of all is that it will relay this information to your smartphone no matter where you are in the world. You then have a record of the invasion, and you can call the police, again in real time.
Install Outdoor Lighting in All Dark Areas
Put in outdoor lighting around your home that come on when the sun goes down. These lights will illuminate every area and not allow intruders to hide. Connect them to your alarm system and make them motion sensitive, and they will trigger your home alarm as well.
Create a Nieghbourhood Watch Programme
We can’t be in our homes 24/7, but with a bit of help from our neighbours we can do more to protect our homes and our communities. Try to meet with your neighbours face to face and trade contact details. Keeping an eye on each other’s houses with an increased presence of neighbours will reduce the chances of your home being broken in to.
Try a combination of the different ideas we have discussed above to ensure the continued protection of your home over the winter months. Accidental damage is something we might have less control over, but home break-ins are very real. Take steps today to protect yourself and enjoy the festive season in peace.