Make your home look less appealing to burglars with our easy security tips!
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You work hard to own the things you own. Your home is your safe place, making it more than just four walls. It’s somewhere your children will grow and learn, it’s a place full of happiness and life. So, the thought of someone violating your home and disturbing your is enough to give any of us nightmares.
Like most things, prevention is better than cure. So here you’ll find a few ideas of how you can make your home look less appealing to burglars and opportunist thieves.
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Boarders and Fences
Making sure that the boarders around your home are free from damage and aren’t easy to gain access through is crucial. A strong and sturdy fence will be more of a deterrent than one with rotten panels and gaping holes. Privacy trees from The Tree Center are a great place to start, as they not only look good, but will make a strong boarder around your garden.
Is it time to replace your fence? If it’s been a while since you’ve looked at it, make time to go and inspect the perimeter of your property and see if there is anywhere someone could easily gain access. For better home security, replace or repair your fence. It will also increase your home’s value and boost your curb appeal.
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Leave Nowhere to Hide
If you have large shrubbery around your home, below windows or overgrown bushes then now is the time to do some maintenance. Determined thieves will hide anywhere they can before or after they’ve gained access to your home, making overgrown plants and bushes ideal hideouts. Don’t make it easy for them!
Get to Know the Neighbours
Yes, they might be nosey and grumble when you start your car really early in the mornings but getting to know your neighbours better is actually a great burglar deterrent. By getting to know you, you neighbours will know what behaviour around your home is normal. If they see someone sat on the opposite side of the road watching your property, or someone hanging around or looking through your windows then they’ll be able to tell how “Normal” this is. If they’re unsure they can simply tell you what they’ve seen and they’re more inclined to do this if you have a good relationship with them. It might not stop a break in, but if something happens then any information your neighbour can provide can help an investigation.
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Light it Up!
It’s so much easier for a burglar to sneak around in the dark. So, don’t make it easy for them. All thieves will shy away from a property that is well lit, so now is the time to invest in some lighting. If you don’t want your back garden or porch area lit up all the time, then consider a motion detector light as a deterrent.
If you’re going away, then get yourself some light timers that will come on when you want. This will give a more realistic impression of someone being home!