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10 clever ways to improve your outdoor home security this winter

10 clever ways to improve your outdoor home security this winter

As the long winter nights creep in, it's important that homeowners take precautions to ensure their property is secure as possible. Recent research from MoneySupermarket revealed that 60% of burglaries occur in the evening whereas only 24% happen in the afternoon, highlighting the importance of ensuring your home is especially well protected when the days are shorter.

Home security starts with the exterior of the property, so now’s the time to reassess your home’s first line of defence to reduce the chances of being a victim of burglary during the long dark evenings.

Here’s a range of practical low and hi-tech tips to help:

Install alarms:  An alarm will be triggered if anyone comes near your property alerting you and your neighbours of their presence.

Signposts: If you have a video security system at home (or even if you don’t), display a security service sticker on the outside of your house. It might be enough on its own to dissuade a burglar. 

Consider a gravel driveway: No matter how hard you try, it’s impossible for an intruder to walk quietly on gravel.

Invest in trellis fencing and prickly hedges: High fences are hard to climb, and you can make them even harder by having a trellis on top. Prickly bushes protecting the boundaries are also recommended. Place prickly bushes under windows to make it that much harder to get into your property.

Maintain well-kept lawns: If you have long grass in the garden it could tell a burglar that the property is empty or that you and your family are away on holiday.

Tidy up: Expensive toys or bicycles left around the driveway or on the lawn are tempting prizes for opportunist thieves. To more knowledgeable burglars, they are also indicative that greater wealth resides inside the home.

Buy a smart outdoor video home security system: Blink’s XT2 wireless, weatherproof night-vision outdoor cameras can be placed anywhere on the property in the range of the Blink hub, making it perfect for protecting parked vehicles, garages, sheds and exterior areas. The XT2 features two-way audio meaning you can talk through the camera to both welcome and unwelcome visitors.

Use Smart lighting and motion detectors: Make sure your lighting is smart by integrating it with other IoT (Internet of Things) services. The BlinkXT2 has the option to illuminate when it detects and records motion which can deter unwanted guests. Or it can record covertly in infra-red. In either instance, you’ll receive an instant video clip alert of the action straight to your smartphone.

Consider quality storage sheds: Invest in a sturdy windowless shed secured with deadbolt locks to keep your outdoor possessions safe and out of sight.

Lock it up: Make sure that your gates are shut and locked securely –ideally using two locks but brace the gate with a wheelie bin behind it. If your bike is stored in a shed or garage, use a heavy-duty lock to secure it to something heavy and immobile.

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Home Security Tips for City Living

Home Security Tips for City Living

Renting in cities is an increasingly popular choice for UK residents, especially for the younger generation who are attracted by job opportunities and the exciting lifestyle that the bright lights can offer.

Once you’ve moved into your new home it’s important to make sure you and your loved ones feel safe. Here are our top three practical tips for home security in the city.

Change the locks

When you’ve got your keys to your new place how sure are you that no one else has a spare key? This is surprisingly overlooked by lots of new homeowners, especially in blocks of flats where friendly neighbours might have been given a spare key by the previous owner.  Make sure the first thing you do is change the door and window locks. You don’t have to install new locks, just new barrels and lever sets so that you are the sole owner of the keys to the property.

Put lights on timers

Installing timers for your lights and scheduling them to activate when you are out is a good way to deter a burglar. These can be purchased at DIY stores and only take a moment to fit. Of course, if your using smart tech in your home, then invest in a lightning system that you can schedule and control remotely via a smartphone app.

Install a video security system

Video home security is no longer limited to wired CCTV systems. The advent of smart home technology has seen several new and exciting products come to the market. One such product is Blink, a truly wireless home alert and monitoring system that detects, records and sends HD video clips from home straight to your smartphone.

A Blink system provides you with all the equipment you need to create a virtual perimeter in and around your apartment. With Blink there are no fees, no wires and as the cameras can go anywhere, there’s no installation costs. The batteries in each camera even last two years! Click here to find out more.

 

Tips to keep your home safe this spring

Tips to keep your home safe this spring

With spring finally here, we can soon expect longer days and kinder weather. To many homeowners, spring brings a change of behaviour as outdoor furniture is uncovered, the BBQ gets a clean and the puncture on the pushbike finally gets repaired, all in readiness for outdoor adventures.

However, the process of spring cleaning can inadvertently make the home less secure and more attractive to opportunist thieves. Here, we outline some tips to maintain home security during springtime: