If, like so many, you have been pretty much home-bound for much of the last few months, then you’ll surely be ready to get out and about as spring arrives – and we hope that lockdown continues to ease.
Whether this involves spending more time with friends in your garden, going for walks around the neighbourhood, or even getting away somewhere, it’s vital to make sure your property continues to be as secure as it can be.
Over the last year, it’s easy to have moved away from the normal actions you might take to protect your home, especially when you are once again going to be absent for a while. So, here are some key tips and reminders for keeping your home secure this season:
Check your locks
This is one area people take for granted until something untoward happens. A broken lock can be infuriating; as can one that is not as secure as it once was. Finding out about this after a burglary happens to too many people. So, now is a useful time to check your locks and call in an expert local locksmith if improvements need to be made.
Pay attention to your windows in hot weather
If it’s been a stinking hot day and it’s still very stuffy in your house as night falls, you might be tempted to leave some windows open as you head off to bed, hoping a little overnight coolness will help. Especially if you are sleeping upstairs, remember that ground floor windows offer easy access to burglars, even while you visit the land of nod!
Have your own neighbour-watch
Letting the people who live on either side of you know when you are going to be away for a longer period than normal allows them to keep an eye open. Offering the same service to them means you have created a small and select neighbour-watch group!
Change the security lighting timings
You may have set these to light up your home, either inside or out, in the depths of winter. Neglecting to change them can leave the lights burning when there are still several hours of natural light left in the day. This can be another sign that your property is empty for those who are seeking out opportunities to break in.
Be careful what you post on social media
How often do you see people post messages that tell us they are checking into a hotel or arriving at a health club or restaurant? This can also send a message to would-be thieves that their property may be empty. It’s probably best, in these circumstances, to wait until after the event you’re heading to and then post pictures of the terrific time you’ve enjoyed!
Don’t break into your own home
If you have lost your keys or have accidentally locked yourself out of your home, it’s a good idea to call a qualified 24-hour emergency locksmith, like our team at Lockout 24/7 Locksmiths. Don’t try and break into your own home as this can compromise your security.
Get in touch with us
If you’re looking to keep your property secure all year round, get in touch with our friendly and professional team at Lockout 24/7 Locksmiths today and we’ll be happy to help.