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
- Cut back or remove trees and shrubs that screen your house from the street and neighbours. This will deter prowlers as you will have a good view of what is happening in the
street and your neighbours will be able to see any unusual activities on your property.
- Install safety features such as:
- a peephole, security chain and deadlocks on external doors
- security stays on windows
- curtains or blinds
- security lights at key locations, such as outside external doors and the garage
- locks on all sheds and the garage
- a secure lock box outside which is opened with a combination. You can store a spare set of keys in the box so that a trusted person can enter your home quickly in an
- Fix or replace anything that poses a security risk, such as:
- windows with broken glass or that do not close properly
- locks on windows and external doors that do not work
- internal and external light bulbs that do not work
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).
- For your own personal safety, and to preserve your housing asset, it makes sense to take precautions to improve the security around your home.
- Most insurance companies offer a discount on insurance policies for people who have burglar alarms installed in their homes.
- There are expenses associated with getting an alarm and doing repairs and maintenance. However, some actions, such as getting to know your neighbours and keeping an eye on one
another's properties cost nothing. Other actions, such as installing security stays on windows and cutting back vegetation are relatively inexpensive.
What do I need in order to take this option?
- You need to research which of the various options for making a home safe and secure best suit your needs and abilities.
- You may need funds to pay for some of your chosen options.
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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