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Whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, keeping your home safe and secure should be a top priority. Here are 5 simple changes you can make to upgrade your home security. Remember, if you are a renter, please ask your landlord, housing association or council before making any changes to the property.

Whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, keeping your home safe and secure should be a top priority. Here are 5 simple changes you can make to upgrade your home security. Remember, if you are a renter, please ask your landlord, housing association or council before making any changes to the property.

  1. Make sure your locks are suitable:

When you take out a home insurance policy, you’ll usually be asked what type of locks you have on your doors and windows. The information you give must be accurate for the policy to be valid, so it’s essential you know what locks you have. If you aren’t sure, you can ask a locksmith if they think your locks are appropriate and safe.

Repairing installing door deadbolt lock on house closeup

This is particularly important if you’re a landlord. You must provide a secure lock to any external entrances above the legal minimum standard, so it might be worth seeking advice.[1]

  1. Join your neighbourhood watch scheme:

Joining your local Neighbourhood Watch can make you and your community feel safer. It’s a great way to meet your neighbours too! Their website lists some of the benefits as: creating safer neighbourhoods, reducing local crime, and addressing antisocial behaviour.

A yellow Neighbourhood watch sign on a lamp post in a residential area

To find your local group check out their website for more information.[2]

  1. Install a motion sensor light:

Motion sensor lighting are lights that are triggered and turn on when someone walks in front of them. It means intruders can’t approach your property without being seen. If you are in a rented property, ask your landlord if it’s ok before you install one.

  1. Do your home safety tips research:

There are some great tips on the police.uk[3] website on how to make your home more secure. They provide simple guides such as a Checklist for securing your home when you leave it, to how to properly secure a door or window. Better yet, all this advice is completely free!

  1. Install CCTV:

The definition of a CCTV system includes the camera, storage, recording and all associated equipment. These systems are a great way to increase your home security and safeguard your home, but there are some things to consider first.

Man installing CCTV in a house

Make sure you’re transparent about your use of CCTV by informing your neighbours and putting up a sign warning people they are being recorded. For full rules on this, check out the government guidelines.[4] If you can’t afford a full CCTV installation, there are plenty of doorbell cameras that will alert you on your phone If someone is near your property. Just search ‘doorbell camera’ online.

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[1] Door Lock Types | MoneySuperMarket

[2] www.ourwatch.org.uk

[3] Protecting your home from crime | Crime prevention | Police.uk (www.police.uk)

[4] Guidance on the use of domestic CCTV – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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