How to Keep Your Home Safe Home Security by Jessica Dorothy - January 28, 20200 Since we were little it’s been drummed into most of us that we need to remember to lock our doors, shut our windows and to check through the peephole before opening the door. There are lots of other things to take into consideration when protecting your home – security cameras North Wales are one of the ways in which you can add an extra layer of security to your home. Here are some of the additional measures you can easily put in place to make your home safer. Timers & Lights Lots of thieves target homes during the day when the occupants are usually out at work; or during the night when the home is plunged into darkness. By setting timers to turn on the TV, lights, or radio, you can trick would-be intruders into thinking that your home is occupied when in actual fact it’s not. Lights aren’t just limited to indoors – the outside of your home should also be well-lit to discourage unwelcome intruders. Motion-sensing lights located near the entrances and exits of your home can go a long way to protecting it. Check Your Front Door This is your home’s main entrance and exit, your front door is really important. It’s recommended that you have a solid hardwood or steel front door – not a lightweight hollow door. To prevent intruders kicking your door open, you can purchase a heavy-duty four-screw deadbolt plate; this is the piece of metal where the deadbolt latch goes into the door’s frame. Use Warning Signs Burglars traditionally go for the easiest target, they don’t want to make their “job” harder than it needs to be. Lots of criminals are put off by homes with dogs – consider putting a “beware of dog” sign in your garden or on your gate. They are also wary of homes with CCTV systems North Wales as this could result in leaving incriminating evidence behind. By placing a sign or obvious cameras, intruders will be discouraged from trying to enter your property. Don’t Advertise Holidays Going away on holiday is the time to relax and recharge away from everyday stresses and challenges. Not the best time to be worrying about whether or not your home is safe while you’re away. Clever criminals look for small signs that a home is empty due to a holiday; such as post piling up, bins not moving on collection day or even the simple announcement on Facebook or Instagram. As much as possible, resist the urge to shout about your holiday until after you’re back – it is fairly easy to find someone’s address online these days, and you don’t want to be tempting a burglar with the tantalizing promise of an empty home. Hiding Places It’s time to get creative here; there’s no need to advertise how much expensive and cool stuff you have tucked away inside your home unless you want to make yourself the local thieves most wanted! If an intruder does manage to gain entry, they’re going to grab the most valuable stuff they can find and get out – don’t go for the obvious hiding places.