As the nation emerges from lockdown, improving your home security could be a good last-minute DIY task before returning to work.
With large numbers of the population home during the day, burglaries fell by 37% during the first four weeks of lockdown.
As people begin returning to work, homeowners are urged to be aware of the risk posed by opportunist criminals.
Here are a few top home security tasks to tackle while you still have time.
Have a home security a spring clean
Burglars are more likely to attempt a break-in if your alarm looks worn or untouched. Dusting down your alarm box and CCTV equipment is a signal to intruders that you’re on the case and checking it regularly.
If you don’t have an up-to-date security system, consider installing a new one. With recent advances in home security technology, now could be the time to look at smart doorbells and keys as well as wireless cameras.
Guard your garden
Overgrown gardens are appealing to burglars as they provide places to hide, so trim overgrown trees and bushes. Adding noisy gravel or stones is a good deterrent too. Make sure that any sheds and outbuildings are secure and don’t leave valuable outdoor furniture where it can be stolen.
Fix your fences
Wooden fences rot over time, making access to your garden easier. Treat ageing fences and shed panels with a weatherproof stain or paint every couple of years to protect them from the elements. If you have a south facing garden, consider treating panels more often, as increased UV exposure can weaken the wood.
Be fire aware
Now is also a good time to check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, replacing batteries if needed.
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