The main security advice for your home is to speak to your local MLA licensed locksmith with regards to the security products that you have fitted to your doors and windows.
More details on domestic security guidelines can be found in the MLA’s Minimum Security Guidelines, a document that was started by the Association of British insurers but then taken over by the MLA and continuously kept up to date. The document can be downloaded FOC by clicking here.
Take the Home Security Survey – from CrimePreventionWeb ( run by Calvin Beckford – former MET Police )
Our Top 13 Home Security Advice and Tips
In terms of some general security tips then we’d suggest the following:-
1. Review the Exterior Of Your House
Start by reviewing the exterior of your property to make sure there are no broken windows or access to your property through garages or conservatories. Lock any tools and items such as ladders away
2. Are Your Doors and Windows Secure
Ask a vetted, inspected and qualified locksmith to review your door and window security (including internal doors to conservatories and garages) to make sure all of your windows and doors have the most appropriate locks, they are in good condition, properly fitted and meet your insurance requirements
A Lock that has been Incorrectly Fitted
The lock below has been fitted incorrectly and this leaves the lock vulnerable to attack and therefore the property at risk.
Also see our recent 4 Basic Door and Window tips page
3. Beware of Opportunist Thieves
Opportunist thieves can often approach houses that look like nobody is at home so consider installing a number of light timers around the house so it appears someone is home
4. Front and Back Door Sensor Lighting
Dusk to dawn or sensor lighting to the front and back door of your home will deter potential thieves and help you gain entry into your home in the dark
BONUS TIP: Ensure you place a light timer upstairs in your property
5. Security Alarms – Regularly Change The Code
Alarms can be very effective but you need to change the code regularly to gain maximum benefit from them
6. Protect the Windows with Security Grilles or Bars
Side windows in a house can can be smashed to reach keys and gain entry so consider adding reinforced glass or maybe even block up the window. Decorative grilles and bars can also vastly improve the security of a home without being detrimental to the aesthetics
7. Home Security Safes
Home safes are becoming increasingly popular too, so you may want to consider asking a specialist locksmith to specify and install a safe
For further reading please see our 4 Ways to Protect Your Valuables advice section
8. Protect your French Doors and UPVC Doors
You may also want to install top and bottom bolts on French doors or add sash jammers to UPVC doors
9. When Were Your Keys Last Replaced?
While you are reviewing your security it is also worth considering when your keys were last replaced, whether past owners or tenants may still have access to your home and whether anyone may have made copies of your keys without your knowledge. If you are worried ask a professional locksmith to change your locks and fit a patented system, whereby keys can only be copied with proof of ownership
10. Common Bad Habits
Consider your own influence on the level of security for your home and make sure you don’t indulge bad habits such as leaving keys in locks or in view that you and your family may have. Simple tips such as always setting alarms, changing codes on a frequent basis and locking any side or back gates can make a substantial difference and deter attack
11. Protect Your Garden Shed
Make sure you source a good quality lock to protect your garden shed and its contents, if you have one. (www.soldsecure.com) is a good source of advice on security products)
12. Car Keys are at Risk in the Home As Well
Statistics show that thieves are increasingly breaking into homes to steal car keys so don’t make it easy for them by leaving keys in view
13. Always Use a MLA Licensed Locksmith
And finally, take a note of the number of your nearest MLA licensed locksmith by visiting the find a locksmith section of this site, and put the number in your mobile phone, so if you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being locked out someone will be able to help you get in out of the cold as soon as possible.
Using a MLA approved locksmith ensures that locks and security equipment are fitted correctly and safely in accordance with current standards and regulation.
Suggested Home Security Advice Reading
- Should I Fit My Own Door Lock?
- Lock Snapping and How to Prevent It
- Security Safe Installation for Home or business
- Security Checklist from Secured By Design *external link*
- The CrimePrevention Website *external link*
- Interview with former Burglar ‘Michael Fraser’ on How to Beat The Burglar *external link*
- 10 Ten Home Security Tips from the MET Police *external link*
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