How to choose a burglar alarm contract Keeping your home secure
Apart from getting an burglar alarm system there are a range of ways to make your home safer. You can look at each possible entry area of your home, such as doors and windows, to see how they could be improved.
- Windows should be fitted to required British Standards for security.
- Laminated glass is harder to break, so consider this for easily accessible windows.
- Windows with key-operated locks on show may put burglars off.
- Make sure the doors of your home are fitted to required British Standards for security.
- Wooden doors can be made stronger with steel strips fitted to the frame and around the lock.
- Make sure all doors have deadlocks.
- Fit a chain or a latch to the door, and opt for a viewer so you can check who’s there before letting them in.
Burglar-proof your garden
- Do some defensive gardening – plant shrubs with thorns at the borders of your home.
- Put in strong gates or fences to any part of your garden accessible from outside.
- Make sure hedges are trimmed back so your property is not hidden from any view.
- Use padlocks on sheds and consider getting a battery-powered alarm.
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Visible burglar alarm
If you have a burglar alarm system, make sure ‘bell boxes’ are visible on your property to let potential burglars know you have an alarm system.
- You would probably have these installed only as a last resort after completing other measures.