A guide to improving your home’s security

You might think it’s something that doesn’t really need to be said, but you’d be surprised at how many people take a lax approach to securing their home. Of course, you don’t want your property to fall victim to thieves, which is why you should do everything you can to ensure it is as safe as possible.

This is perhaps even more important if you live in a high-value home in an affluent neighbourhood. Given that these properties tend to have more valuable contents than the average household, it shouldn’t be too surprising that these are often targeted by criminals more. Of course, the greater the value of items you own the more you will be left out of pocket if you suffer a break-in, so investing in adequate safety measures really is worthwhile.

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Luckily, there are several ways you can go about making your house a safer, more secure place so you can rest easy in the knowledge that any would-be crooks will find it extremely hard, if not impossible, to force entry.

Ways to boost security levels

It might sound fairly obvious, but investing in products that make it more difficult for criminals to access your home is the ideal way to boost its security levels. A good way to do this is by getting a burglar alarm and placing it somewhere that is clearly visible to all those who approach your home, particularly unwelcome guests. You should also invest in good-quality locks for both your windows and external doors, with five-lever mortice models recommended choice for the latter. Two-bolt locks, meanwhile, can be an effective way to make your windows more secure.

Other things you should consider doing is joining to a neighbourhood watch scheme and investing in a CCTV system so you can monitor the outside of your property for any potential intruders. Having security lighting can also help to deter any would-be thieves.

Invest in adequate home insurance

There are certainly plenty of products you can buy to make your property more secure, but it is also worth investing in high net worth home cover. It’s not always possible to prevent break-ins, so this insurance can provide you with the peace of mind that your stolen and/or damaged possessions will at least be financially protected if you are targeted by burglars.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that investing in the security measures mentioned above can help lower your overall insurance costs. As a general rule, insurers will provide discounts to those people who take steps to make their home safer, most notably as it will reduce the chances of a theft happening.

However, if you are thinking of buying products like alarms and locks, you ought to ensure that they are approved by your insurer before handing over your money. You won’t want to waste cash on products that an insurance company does not recognise as providing a sufficient level of security.

In addition, it would be a mistake to automatically select the cheapest policy available. Remember that the lowest-priced cover around might not always provide you with the protection you need and, in the event you want to file a claim, you might not be able to recover the full value of the items and fixtures that have been damaged or stolen.

These are just a few of the ways in which you can improve the security of your home; you can share your experiences of making your property a safer place by leaving a comment below.