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Keep Your Home Locked Down in Lockdown with These Tips

If you’re finding it difficult being indoors all day and you’re running out of things to keep you occupied in Lockdown, this could be the right time for you to improve your home security. The ONS has reported a decrease in crime, and underlying this reduction were significant falls in theft offences, particularly domestic burglary and other theft of personal property. Billy Gazard from the Office for National Statistics Centre for Crime and Justice said:

"There was a significant fall in crime at the height of the coronavirus pandemic across England and Wales. This was driven by reductions in theft offences, particularly domestic burglary and theft of personal property. As this period coincided with the majority of people spending long periods at home during lockdown, it is not unexpected."

Source: Office for National Statistics

While that’s great news, it doesn’t mean that you can afford to get too relaxed about your home security. Burglaries might be down, but they are still happening. So, if you’ve had enough of Netflix and your bread-making dreams keep collapsing in the oven, here are some tips that could keep you busy while improving your security and keeping your home safer in lockdown.

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Do Your Security Checks

If you have the time, why not spend some time checking your doors and windows, making sure that the locks are secure and in working order. If you have security lights, check that these are all working too, because those lights are one of the best ways to deter opportunistic burglars. Lockdown might be keeping criminals home as much as the rest of us, but you can be sure that they’re already thinking of ways to make up for the lost time.

Locking Up While Locked Down

The fact that most of us are home all day means that burglars are far less likely to try and break-in, but if you forget your basic security, you could be a target for thieves. A change in routine means that it’s very easy to forget to check your doors and windows at night, which is something that most of us do before going to bed. When you’ve been home all day engaging in common lockdown activities like making bread or trying out a new hobby, forgetting your security basics is all too easy. Don’t forget that if you’re planning to use lockdown time to get some work done in the garden, make sure the front of your home is as secure as possible. You don’t want to head back indoors to find that you’ve had a surprise visitor while you were outside.

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Get Smart & Upgrade

Being inside all day means you’ve probably got the time to start making your home security much more secure. You’ve no doubt seen the growing use of smart security systems but may have considered them to be a little bit too expensive and perhaps unnecessary for your home. That might have been true five years ago, but those smart systems are more affordable than ever. Not only will they keep your home safer from criminals who are willing to risk breaking lockdown, but it will also help to alert you if there are any other emergencies like a fire or water damage. Plus, being able to manage everything from your phone means that even if you’ve had to make a break for the shops to stock up on essentials, you know that your home is being protected in your absence. Consider Yale smart locks such as the Yale Conexis L1 and Yale Linus and security systems like the Yale Smart Home Alarm System. Our professional locksmiths are trained to install the latest smart security products from Yale.

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Don’t Forget The Garden

If your garage is separate from your house or you have a shed at the bottom of your garden, you’re going to want to make sure that they’re secure too. Even if you don’t have anything of value in either, they can still be a way to convince burglars that your home defences are lax enough to justify looking closer at your house. If you do have valuables in those spaces, then make sure to give a little more thought to keep them secure. Checking the doors and the windows is a good start, but if you have a security camera system, it’s worth pointing at least one of them in the direction of your garden shed or your garage.

Digital Security

It’s not just your physical security that you need to be aware of. There’s a good chance that you’re spending more time online than you used to, and that means that you might be tempted to share more about your life than you did pre-lockdown. While it’s unlikely that you’ll be going on holiday anytime soon, criminals can use a social media post to their advantage, especially if it shows you’ve left the house for exercise.

Using Mobile- Social Media

Don’t take photos of yourself in the long queue for your local supermarket either! It doesn’t take a lot of time for an opportunistic burglar to spot where you are and work out the house is empty. Be aware of taking photos inside your house too. Your lockdown selfie might look great, but a burglar will be looking at everything in the background to see what valuables are there if they choose to target your property.

Lockdown can make it very easy to overlook basic home security. Thousands of people are looking for ways to use their time proactively. If you’re looking for something practical to do, giving your home a security makeover is something that will benefit you well into the future.

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Our locksmiths are experts in home security and can help improve the security of your home during the UK Lockdown with lock upgrades, lock repairs, emergency work and more. Call us on 0800 0612 677 or visit https://www.lockrite.org to find your nearest LockRite Locksmith.

Keep Burglars Out (But Let Santa In) With These Home Security Tips

If you want to make sure that the only person sneaking into your home this Christmas is the jolly chap who’s going to leave presents, there are some simple ways to stay safe. The Christmas period is a favourite time of the year for a burglar, so if you want to protect your prezzies, you’re going to have to do a little bit more than leaving out brandy and mince pies. You don’t have to lock your house up like a fortress, but here are some quick and easy ways to make sure the only person creeping around your tree on Christmas Eve, is Santa.

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Hide the Presents

It’s very tempting to have all of your wrapped presents around the tree long before the big day. It certainly makes the Christmas decorations pop! The problem is that if your presents are in full view of the windows, then savvy burglars will be just as tempted to sneak in as you’re tempted to eat another mince pie. So keep your presents away from the tree until Christmas Eve and keep them under beds or in wardrobes to keep them safer and out of sight. Keep those presents hidden as much as possible!

Avoid Notes on the door

There’s a good chance you’ll be getting deliveries right up to Christmas Eve, and if you’re not in, you will probably think about leaving a friendly note to your postie. It’s all well and good to leave a note, but notes on your door are a sign for burglars that you’re not in. That’s going to be a Christmas gift for criminals that you want to avoid.

Christmas gifts, wrapped

Using Automatic Lights

If you’re leaving your home for a few hours, automatic lights can be very useful. They will make your home look lived in and will help deter those that want to ruin this magical time of year. Christmas lights should also never be run through open windows that you then can’t shut. That’s a particular favourite for burglars, and Santa certainly doesn’t need them open. Get your automatic lights on and keep your windows closed, and those criminals will be more likely to stay away.

Use Your Burglar Alarm

Don’t panic if you think your burglar alarm is going to scare off Santa and you’ll miss out on this year’s presents. Father Christmas is brilliant at getting in and out of houses without setting off an alarm, but burglars haven’t had the years to perfect that skill. Usually, just the sight of a burglar alarm will be enough to deter an opportunistic burglary, but Santa will still be able to get in, eat and drink whatever you’ve left, and then Ho Ho Ho his way out without a worry.

Home Security at Christmas

Don’t Advertise Holiday Plans

Although this year’s Christmas plans may have been interrupted by Covid-19, there’s a possibility you’ll be visiting loved ones for the big day. From your social media posts to the answer message on your phone, nothing will delight a burglar more than knowing for a fact that you’re not home and you’re not coming back for the day. If you’re worried that Santa won’t know where you are to drop off your presents, don’t panic. Father Christmas has Rudolph and Co to help him get where they need to be, and your presents will be with you wherever you are. Burglars love social media posts about the holidays, but Santa doesn’t even need a social media page to find you!

Be Aware of Your Neighbourhood

Burglars may choose to walk around a neighbourhood if they’re planning a burglary in the area, so it’s worth keeping an awareness of who’s walking around. If you have home security cameras, that’s a useful way to make sure that your home isn’t targeted, but being more aware of your surroundings can be just as useful. Of course, Santa won’t show up on those security cameras (he’s far too clever for that), but anyone trying to break into your home will be seen and recorded. So even if you are very unlucky, and they do break-in, you’ll have a much better chance of getting your possessions back.

At this most magical time of year, the last thing that you want is the unexpected arrival of an unwanted guest. Burglars at Christmas are something that you should give some serious thought to. Make sure your home is secure every time you leave, and keep expensive gifts out of view. The safer your home, the more you’ll be able to enjoy all of those lovely presents that Santa is going to be delivering this year.

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Our network of professional locksmiths are still trading during the Coronavirus outbreak.

We have taken all possible measures to ensure that our entire range of locksmith services remain available during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown. This includes all installs, maintenance, emergency work, lock outs, boarding up, making secure, home security installs (such as alarms and CCTV), potential security risks, insecure premises, potential fire risks, security needs for the vulnerable and more.

 

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  • All our locksmiths have been fully briefed on social distancing and safe practices during this time. They will take appropriate precautions when attending. This may include sanitizing equipment and the use of PPE, such as gloves and/or masks.
  • You may be asked some questions about your situation to identify any potential risks, including if you’re self-isolating and displaying any symptoms of the coronavirus.
  • Our office staff are working from home. This means our phone lines remain open as usual and our customer support and administration continue unaffected.
  • Our team are still be available at the end of the phone on our usual number 0800 0612 677 for any queries you may have if you need us.

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Post Break-in: Best Ways to Restore Your Office Security

For a small business, the effects of a break-in can be particularly devastating and range from property destruction to loss of merchandise, money and confidential data and documents.

There’s also that feeling of vulnerability and helplessness many people experience after a burglary. However, it’s important to know there are several things you can do to fight back.

Rebuilding your office security will help you regain a sense of control and better protect your assets and facility in the future. Read on to discover a few effective steps to consider:

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Assessing the Damage

Start by assessing the damage done to your office and take care of repairs as soon as possible, especially if it relates to access points (including small windows, hollow roof space and backdoors).

This is an urgent matter, as damage caused to doors, frames and locks leaves your property exposed to further risks.

Keep in mind, some signs which indicate a lock has been tampered with are hard to spot by someone who is not a professional, so consider employing the services of a licensed locksmith.

An expert will know what to look for, necessary repairs and change locks if needed.

Boarding up the Windows

That said, a common tactic a burglar will use to break into a property is smashing the windows. If this is something which has happened in your case and you’ve got broken or shattered windows, it’s essential to address this issue immediately.

Otherwise, you could risk being targeted by opportunistic thieves who will take advantage of the fact your property is vulnerable. Never assume you can’t be the victim of a burglary twice in the same day.

Our recommendation is to board up the damaged windows to secure your property until you can make alternative arrangements for a permanent repair.

We provide emergency locksmithing and boarding up services, 7 days a week, 24/7. Call us at 0800 0612 677 and one of your expert locksmiths could be at your commercial premises within 20 – 40 minutes!

Think About Your Office Security in Layers

At a broader scale, one of the best ways to deal with the aftermath of a burglary is to upgrade the overall security of the facility.

Now, most commercial premises have a basic safety feature in place to limit unauthorized access, like high-quality locks fitted on all property doors.

However, to reduce the risk of another break-in in the future, we suggest having a broader outlook when approaching office security.

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A layered defence is all about having several kinds of security measures in place, which combined can deliver a high level of protection. Here are a few examples of layers:

  • HD CCTV systems and security alarms
  • having locks on all the doors, not just the outside ones
  • locking all valuables in the safe at the end of the workday
  • having policies in place which address the possible internal threat (such as changing the safe combination whenever an employee who had access to it leaves)
  • even your employees or colleagues can be a layer of protection. Provide safety training which teaches them to be vigilant and take note of any unusual activity and where to report it.

Each one of these layers serves a specific purpose which supports the greater goal of enhanced office security.

Identify the Weak Links in Your Security System

After the initial shock of a break-in has worn off, it’s time to take a good look at the security measures you have in place and see what stands to be improved. Also, take note of how office policies meant to ensure protection are enforced.

It’s not always easy to spot the red flags or know what to look for. If you want to make sure you’re not missing something, it could be a good idea to turn to the professional services of someone who is an expert in this regard.

We can provide you with a security survey to check your office perimeter is secure.

We check that your existing locks are covered by your insurance and also provide guidance to reduce the chances of your property being an attractive target for potential thieves in the future.

If you need more information, call 0800 0612 677  and receive a free, no-obligation quote.