So you've read the basic security steps and feel you're covered. What's next?
Take security to another level
Burglars don’t like visual alarms or security lighting so if you install an alarm from a recognised provider ensure potential burglars know you are protected. Security lights don’t need to be expensive and are very effective. Make sure that lights don’t disturb your neighbours and that burglar alarms turn off after 20 minutes.
Fences and walls at the back of the house add security but also effective are prickly bushes and shrubs. Make sure you don’t create an area where a burglary could hide though.
Security on garages and sheds is just as important. Use good quality locks. Remember you store cycles and garden equipment in sheds and garages and this is a target for thieves. Tools can also be used to help a burglar break into your home so keep them locked away.
A spy hole in the front door allows you to see who is at the door and a door security chain lets you open the door a little way to talk to the caller.
Join your local neighbourhood Watch group to pool resources and watch out for each other’s property.
An investment in security not only protects your home but can add value to your property.