Thursday, 11 June 2020
Due to COVID-19, many businesses have had no option but to close and staff have either been furloughed or advised to work from the safety of their homes. Though we are all spending a lot more time at home, we’re almost certain that home security will be at the back of most people’s minds. But this shouldn’t be the case; and in today’s blog, we’re sharing our top five tips on how to keep your home safe during lockdown.
1. Protect your perimeter
Many people have chosen to undertake DIY tasks amid the coronavirus crisis – either that or they’ll end up stir crazy! Why not do the same and protect your property?
If you have garden fencing, make sure that the panels are in good condition. If your home is surrounded by high hedges, be sure to trim them. Contrary to popular belief, high hedges and fences won’t hide the valuable contents of your home. They can provide a hiding spot for potential criminals.
2. Always lock your windows and doors
Locking windows and doors may seem like a no brainer, but with the entire family spending more time at home, there are a lot more distractions that can make it too easy to forget even the most basic of security measures.
As a general rule of thumb, make sure you do a final check of windows, doors, and gates before going to bed or nipping out.
If you’re looking to ramp up security during lockdown, be sure to check out our extensive range of door locks. We supply everything from mortice locks and latches to anti-snap door cylinders, night latches and rim locks, and more.
3. Install security measures
Being at home more doesn’t mean that your property is any less likely to fall under the attack of criminals. However, we provide a comprehensive range of burglary deterrents, ranging from dummy CCTV cameras to standalone alarms and smartphone alarm kits, here at LockShop Direct. These can help to deter criminals and protect you and your family, as well as your property and possessions during these unprecedented times.
Our smartphone alarm kits allow you to remotely monitor what’s going on at home from an app on your smartphone. The alarm itself will produce a loud siren in the event of a break-in – alerting your neighbours.
We also find that audio/video entry systems, such as video doorbells, are a popular choice when it comes to securing your home. These are simply fitted on/next to the door and allow you to see who’s waiting – before deciding whether to grant them access or to open the door to them.
4. Secure your valuables
Here in the UK, it’s estimated that there is a burglary every 40 seconds! Whether it be planned or opportunistic, most criminals won’t hang around – grabbing as much as they can before drawing attention to themselves. Although we can’t stop burglaries from happening, we can make it incredibly difficult for them to get their hands on our most valuable possessions by hiding them when we’re not home.
To avert prying eyes, we suggest that you never leave expensive things, such as laptops, games consoles or jewellery, close to a window. That just makes the burglar’s job so much easier. Consider buying a safe – one that’s big enough to accommodate all your goods, without damaging them. We stock a variety of home and cash safes online at LockShop Direct, but you’ll find a much wider selection on our sister site, eSafes.co.uk.
5. Be vigilant
As we’ve all got that little bit more time on our hands, the majority of us are spending more time online – either online shopping, chatting with friends or updating social media channels. Our best advice to you during these challenging times is to stay alert.
Be mindful of what you’re sharing on social media as you can’t be too sure who will see what you post. It may be that you’re opening yourself and your property up to thieves.
If you have any questions about securing your home during lockdown, please feel free to get in touch. Simply call 0845 830 0832 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get back to you. For us, business is as usual and we are here to help you increase the security of your home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Author: Richard Nash
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