B44 - Securing Your Home

There are many ways we can make our homes more safe and secure. Some of the more common options are listed below.

Home burglar alarm

There are various types of burglar alarm available that offer a range of different features, so it is useful to get professional advice about which type would best suit your home. It is also a good idea to shop around and get quotes because prices vary considerably, depending on the features provided.

You can get your alarm monitored through a security company. This means that if your alarm is activated, the security service will visit your property. Monitoring will incur additional costs, so make sure you know the monitoring fee and what is being provided with that monitoring. Also be sure that you deal with a company licensed under the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010.

However, don't rely on a burglar alarm alone to keep your property safe.

Repairs and maintenance

Keep your property well maintained to improve your safety and security. For example:

Know your neighbours

Get to know your neighbours and join a neighbourhood support group, if your area has one (see B43 Neighbourhood Support).

Personal medical alarm

Wear a personal/medical alarm that you can press for help in an emergency (see B34 Getting a Personal or Medical Alarm).

Pros

Cons

What do I need in order to take this option?

Could this option limit my future choices?

No, it could help you to stay in your home longer. It could also preserve the value of your home, which is an advantage if you need or want to sell in future.

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