This week for National Home Security Month we provide some advice and tips on protecting your valuables & possessions in your home that will be at risk from burglars if you do not take preventions to stay safe. Whilst the main emphasis is to keep burglars from a) targeting your property in the first place and b) gaining entry (and hence the emphasis on door & window security last week), if a burglar does get into your home then here we cover some ways to keep your valuable possessions secure.
1. Do You Have a Home Alarm?
What different types of Home Alarms are available?
When it comes to domestic alarms then there are 2 main types:-
Audible Alert only
- Alarms simply sound when triggered.
- Rely on the noise scaring the burglar away or on neighbours to investigate why the alarm has activated.
- Alarms will not only sound but also notify people when activated.
- Some alarms will notify the home owner (by phone, text or with smartphones via an app – which can then allow you to see what’s been triggered and re-set if necessary)
- Some other will notify a monitoring centre who in turn can notify the police.
How to get a Police Response
In order to get Police response then a URN is required which normally means the alarm has to have been installed and maintained by a NSI or SSAIB approved installer.
2. The Most Common Stolen Items From The Home Are….
- Keep your valuables safe and out of sight – Don’t leave anything on display that may tempt a thief to break in.
- 21% of people never hide valuables – It’s interesting to note statistics that show 21% of people never hide their valuable possessions when leaving the house.
- 37% of people leave portable gadgets on show – Even more worryingly 37% of people leave portable gadget such as tablets or e-books easily accessible.
- Burglars know where to look – And don’t think that hiding stuff in the sock draw is enough! This brings us on to safes.
3. Why You Should Use a Home Safe
Keep your cash and jewellery safe
For additional peace of mind, valuable items such as cash & jewellery can be stored in a professional specified and fitted home safe.
Ensure The Safe is Professional Specified and Fitted
Yes, so called “safes” can be purchased in supermarkets but you need to look for one that has 3rd party accreditation to ensure they actually keep things, well, safe!
- Approval – Look for Sold Secure approval or AIS (Association of Insurance Surveyors) approval.
- Professional fitting – for example by an MLA locksmith, is absolutely vital, if not fitted properly then it’s a bit like putting all your valuables in a goldfish bowl.
Thieves will take the WHOLE safe with them – and spend as long as they want getting it open. The safe must be anchored to a secure object – either an external wall or a solid floor.
- What to look for when buying a home safe – Thisismoney.co.uk
4. Keep Documents & Data Safe With a Fire/Data Safe
Protect yourself from identity theft
Store important documents and/or electronic data in a home safe:
- Securely bolt down the safe as this will not only keep them secure but also safe from the likes of fire etc.
- Shred confidential documents like bank statements, bills etc.. when no longer needed, and to shred addresses details etc.
- ID related information should ideally be locked in a filing cabinet.
If you unsure your local MLA locksmith will be able to advise accordingly.
Remember to check your home alarm regularly
- Protecting Your Valuables At Home – Notts Police
- Security Advice In Your Home – AgeUK
- Keep it Hidden & Keep it Safe – Look after your Valuables This Summer – CrimePreventionWeb