Your home should be a place of safety and privacy, where people and possessions have no threat posed to them. Sadly, there are people out there who completely disregard this, and enter other’s homes without permission. I can only imagine how terrifying it must be to be burgled – to have your private space invaded and for people to take things that you have worked hard for.
Because of this, we have to take steps to protect our homes, our possessions and our loved ones. We all (hopefully!) lock our doors and windows at night or when we leave the house, but is this enough? Burglars are getting craftier and craftier, and will go that extra step to get into your home if the opportunity is there. Get one step ahead of them with these ideas and tips for protecting your home:
Install decent and robust locks
Locks are one of the most obvious and vital roles in home security. Even more importantly, don’t give them a key. So many people still leave spare keys in a plant pot or under the mat – or even hanging just inside the front door. Burglars will reach through your letterbox or through windows to get at the key, so move them out of sight and out of reach.
Fit an alarm and/or motion sensors
A good burglar alarm is proven to reduce the risk of break ins. It provides a visual deterrent to intruder, and the noise will alert neighbours if you are broken
Burglars don’t like well lit areas. Keeping the area around your house well lit will put a lot off would-be intruders off.
If you are going out in the evening, or away on holiday, set a timer so that the lights come on when it begins to get dark. This makes it look like someone is in the house. You can also buy automatic blinds which close at a set time, keeping all of your valuables out of sight.
Don’t let post build up
A pile of unopened post hanging out of the letterbox or in the porch is a dead giveaway that someone is not there. If you are going on holiday, ask a trusted friend or neighbour to pick up the post for you.
The Panasonic Smart Home system allows you to keep an eye on your home wherever you are. You can use your smartphone or a tablet as a remote, and you can connect up to 50 devices to the home hub, including interior and exterior cameras, motion detectors and window and door sensors. Whenever any of these are triggered, an audible alarm is sent through to your phone or tablet, making it easy to monitor your home whilst you are out and about. The video below shows you how it works:
To find out more about the Smart Home system, visit the Panasonic website.