Home security: 5 tips to protect your home
There are around 816 home burglaries every day in the UK and many of them could have been prevented with just a few simple steps. Express.co.uk spoke with Adrienne Sharkey Perves of home automation and security company Arlo to learn five ways to protect yourself and your home from a break-in.
As restrictions continue to lift and the UK slowly returns to office, hairdressers, restaurants and pubs, we are leaving behind the homes that have been carefully preserved and invested in over the past year.
The investments we have made in the comfort of our home, including office spaces, outdoor bars and entertainment rooms, make our homes more vulnerable than ever to burglaries.
Don’t worry, you can protect your home and property with confidence by following five tips from Arlo.
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Avoid commenting on your vacation plans on social media
These days, we post intimate details of our lives on social media, but that’s a major security risk.
Adrienne said: “As tempting as it may be to share an upcoming stay or trip abroad with your friends and family, posting your whereabouts on social media can be an open invitation to burglars looking vulnerable homes in your area.
“Emphasizing that your home will be vacant for an extended period of time can put your property and valuables at risk, so withhold posting until you are safely back on your property.”
“For an added layer of protection, have a trusted friend or relative pick up the mail while you are away to make sure there are no telltale signs the house is empty.”
Never (ever!) Hide a key near you
Never leave a spare key near you, it’s a rookie’s mistake.
You may imagine that burglars carry heavy equipment to break in, but they mostly use what is offered to them as gardening and maintenance tools or stupidly forgotten keys!
Adrienne said: “The stereotypical places like under a flowerpot or the doormat are the places burglars will look first, and you don’t want to make it easy for them to get in! “
Also consider what is at risk outside your home
Thanks to the increase in online shopping, the number of packages stolen outside of homes has increased, according to Adrienne.
She said, “When you come back to life outside of your home, chances are you won’t be around to receive all of your deliveries, so having a way to see who and what is happening is a smart option.
“A video doorbell that gives you a full picture of who is at the door and all packages left on the ground means you know there’s something at risk, while the two-way audio feature of most video doorbells even allows you to deliver. different instructions to drivers to make sure your package is placed in a safe place.