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Protecting Against the Common Methods Intruders Use to Enter Your Home

Burglar Caught On Camera

Criminals tend to rely on a few common methods of entering your home uninvited, and becoming a victim of burglary is extremely upsetting. There’s no use stewing in fear of criminals breaking into your home when you can do something about it though. Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in their home.

If you feel as though you could be doing a little more to defend your home against the threat of intruders, here are some top tips you might want to take note of.

Prepare Your Doors

As audacious as it sounds, some criminals will try and walk straight through the front door. This most obvious of entry points should be kept as safe and secure as possible.

You can do this by upgrading your locks, installing deadbolts and a chain and attaching a smart doorbell. A sturdy front door can give you peace of mind, particularly since it’s the main entryway to your home. Getting that sorted out at the very least should boost your safety in mind and in real life.

Assess Your Windows

Windows are very common points of entry for criminals, and while it might seem like an obvious one, there’s plenty more to check out than just the lock on the window itself.

For example, is the window ledge wide enough and strong enough to support a burglar’s frame, giving them access to a higher floor? Is there a nearby drainpipe a thief could shimmy up for access? Are there any wooden, rotting window frames that could compromise the security?

Assess your windows thoroughly as a part of your security check. If you have older aluminium or wooden window frames, you may want to consider upgrading to uPVC. uPVC window frames won’t rust and can’t rot like other materials such as wood. They’re also very tough to damage and are able to withstand all weather. If your window frame is looking a bit worse for wear, now could be the right time to consider an upgrade. Also look at improving your window security with better window locks and make sure to draw your curtains at night.

Secure Your Garage

Garage Door

Many burglars seek to enter your property via the garage or simply just go straight for the garage in the first place, as it might potentially house valuable items like cars and power tools.

It’s wise to fit your house with smart CCTV cameras to catch any criminals in the act. Consider installing some powerful security lights that can illuminate access points and shed light on the situation at hand. Sometimes, the presence of a security light and a camera alone are enough to scare off cowardly criminals.

You could purchase an alarm system that works for your garage as well as the house to ensure your car and tools are safe and secure.

Hide Your Key

The old key-under-the-pot trick is a classic, but it’s not advised. Burglars will likely look here first, so if you have a spare key lying around in your pots, you should probably move it.

This also refers to hiding your key out of sight of the letterbox. If a burglar’s wire coat hanger is in range of some keys you’ve left on the side, then you’re giving them free passage! So, hide your keys!

Install Anti-Climb Protection

Anti-climb protection for your walls and drainpipes can be another great criminal deterrent. Criminals tend to be on the lookout for ways to enter your property via the upper floors because some people tend to forget about securing them.

They could do this buy climbing a convenient drainpipe, provided it’s strong enough to prevent them from a fall. To prevent this, you can install anti-climbing protection, such as ant-climb paint to the downpipe, and if you have walls you’d like to protect, you can paint them with the anti-climb paint too.

Remember to always pay attention to the security on the upper floors of your house, too, as the craftiest of burglars will attempt to scale any surface no matter the height!

General Tips to Follow

Always try and make your house a smaller target for criminals. Hide your valuables out of sight and make sure no one can see your expensive tech, ornaments or belongings from the road.

The Benefits of Installing Smart Home CCTV

Smart Home CCTV Installation

If you’re attempting to bulk up your home security, there are various solutions that can help your cause. Upgrading your locks is one way – although you’d expect us to say that. Yet another incredibly effective approach is to install a home CCTV system.

Not long ago, the thought of going down the CCTV route wasn’t all that enticing. Not only was it expensive, but the installation process was extremely complex and the setup time-consuming. Oh, and the actual video and audio quality captured by CCTV was typically lacking. These days, however, the situation has changed thanks to new smart technology like Yale Smart Home CCTV.

Convenience and affordability are just the start of the benefits. Below we have listed numerous advantages gained from installing smart home CCTV.

The smart effect

If you already have a traditional CCTV system installed, you might be wondering: Is there any point in making the upgrade? Well, we’re here to answer the question with a resounding ‘Yes’.

First of all, you can directly access your smart home CCTV system with your smartphone. This means if you’re sat on the sofa, at work, or on holiday, you can check in live to see what your cameras may have captured. Plus, with intelligent search integrated, the system pinpoints whenever activity was detected – which makes your viewing experience much simpler.

Add in the ability to receive notifications, HD video capture, and so much more, and there are several reasons why going smart with your home CCTV is, well, smart to do.

It’s a deterrent to crime

When they plan to commit a robbery, criminals tend to focus on homes that they see as easy pickings. They desire a property that displays a clear lack of safety protocol, whether this is a lock system that’s lacking or just an entire lack of a CCTV system.

Make no mistake: if a criminal sees a home camera or two pointing in their direction, their desire to target your property can quickly vanish. It’s a massive visual deterrence, one that can work wonders without even capturing any footage.

To maximise the effectiveness of this benefit, ensure your CCTV is clear for all to see. While having it hidden away can be useful, that’s not the main purpose of CCTV. It should be clearly advertised, where both guests and unwanted visitors are clear of its existence on your property.

You gain 24-hour protection and coverage

One of the main positives gained from using smart home CCTV is there’s no need to worry about it only being on at select times of the day. For 24 hours a day, seven days a week, your system is up and running.

This means the cameras are always alert and watching for you. Simply put, nothing is missed. Furthermore, if something is detected by one of your CCTV cameras, you can program it to send a notification to your smartphone so you can check to see what it captured. It could just be the neighbourhood cat wandering through your garden again, but this instant response can assist in making you feel safe and comfortable in your home.

Helps to identify criminals

Despite your best efforts, it has happened. Your home has been targeted. Whether it was vandalised or robbed, this is often a traumatic experience. Nobody wants to lose their possessions or see their property suffer costly damage.

While there’s little in the way of good news to come out of this scenario, there is one positive: your smart CCTV can assist in bringing the criminals to justice.

Yes, CCTV is more than simply a preventative system. It’s also one of the most effective when it comes to identifying the culprits. This is especially the case when you use modern smart systems that offer HD video capturing, which pick up a lot more details than older cameras could ever manage.

Furthermore, it can also help with investigations into other criminal events that happened in the vicinity of your home. Not only are you protecting your home and family, but you’re also keeping the streets a little bit safer for everyone.

Now that you’re aware of some of the main benefits of using smart home CCTV, the next step is installing it in your home. That’s where we can help. As experts in the home security sector, we know the importance of embracing the latest technology. This is why we offer the leading smart home CCTV systems currently on the market. Our locksmiths are trained to professionally install smart home CCTV. Contact us today on 0800 0612 677 for more information or to book an installation.

Ways to Make an Older Property Secure

How to secure your older property

Many of Britain’s beautiful older homes offer charm in abundance, exquisite elegance, and a distinctive personality to boot.

A home is to live in and not just to look at, however, even if countless hours of house-hunting and daytime property shows has convinced you otherwise.

For your older home to be the utopian sanctuary that you deserve to live in, it needs to be safe and secure from the potential nefariousness of the outside world.

It’s always worth making sure your older property is secure enough to protect you, your possessions, and your peace of mind.

To ensure that your older property is as secure as its modern counterparts and that you don’t need to worry about any unwanted guests encroaching on your safe space, here are some tips and tricks worth mulling over.

Lock Your Door

It may sound absurdly obvious, but you need to lock your door. Plenty of people forget to lock their doors when they leave the house, and even when they’re in, burglars can still chance their thieving arms and walk straight in through the front door.

This is an upsetting thought, of course, but it is a possibility, and keeping your door locked can reduce the chances of it happening to you.

It’s worth noting that older, outdated locks may have been rendered ineffective from wear and tear, or they might not have even been too handy in the first place.

At LockRite, locks are our forte, and we know that installing a great modern lock, such as the Yale Keyless or Yale Linus smart lock can bolster your security in no time.

Don’t wait around to contact us if you feel as though you are long overdue for an upgrade – the consequences of not acting sooner could be catastrophic, and we’re here to advise should you need some help deciding on the best course of action.

Securing Your Cottage

Concealing Your Valuables out of Sight

Many burglaries are spur-of-the-moment affairs, which not only makes it all the more heinous, but it’s a shame when you can take steps to prevent it from happening.

Hiding your valuables from the street view is a good way to go, particularly if you have some impressive tech sitting around, like if you’re lucky enough to be one of the few people who own a Playstation 5.

Aside from elusive games consoles, countless ornaments, gadgets, and consumables pose a viable target for opportunistic burglars, such as alcohol, artwork, and any keys that may be hanging up on display.

Drawing the curtains can help with this at night, and don’t forget to lock your windows either.

Older homes that may represent wealth could be an enticing target for a burglar who happens to be meandering past, so keeping your valuable possessions out of sight is a must.

Yale Sync Smart Alarm

Get Teched Up

Taking a modern approach and getting your hands on some great security tech can be a good way to go, but it’s good to remember that you can’t rely on it solely to negate the risk of a break-in, as you will still need to practice safety too.

Some superb options worth looking out for include window sensors, smart lights, smart cameras, and a dependable alarm system. A smart doorbell camera is another great bit of tech, as it lets you automatically capture footage of anyone who approaches your house, and you can access it from your smartphone if you’re out.

It can seem like a costly endeavour at the time, but failing to secure your belongings and ensure your personal safety can prove to be vastly more expensive in the long run.

Is it Time to Replace Your Windows and Doors?

Older properties, particularly those with their original windows and doors, may not be able to provide you with the defence necessary to stop a forced entry, so if you suspect that your doors and windows are a little rickety, now could be time for an upgrade.

While expensive, this can increase your security, and you get an excuse to buy some fancy new fixtures and fittings.

If you’re fretting about losing your historic windows, you could always consider upgrading over replacing them.

For example, you could install some shutters, add a new layer of protective glass, or simply opt for a refurb.

By upgrading your property’s security, you can upgrade your peace of mind, and while the sentiment is immaculately corny, it could be the best way to make the most out of your living arrangements.

Avoiding Locksmith Scams in Your Area

Open Door - Avoid Locksmith Scams

When it comes to protecting your home, you need to know that any work carried out by locksmiths is genuine and to a high standard.

The locksmith industry is not without its share of scammers though, looking to make quick cash, or even worse, target your home for potential burglaries. If you experience issues with home security, such as getting locked out of your property or are the target of unwanted guests, ensuring you have a professional locksmith to secure your home is vital for peace of mind.

But how can you tell the professionals from the cowboys? Read on for advice on how to spot potential locksmith scams:

Beware of paid adverts from companies with no credentials

Many reputable locksmith companies use paid adverts to advertise their services and many have a prominent ranking in organic searches which helps to back up their credibility. When searching the web for local locksmiths, be sure to consider whether a company solely relies on paid advertising to gain customers, as this is where potential scammers may hide out. If a company appears at the top of Google when you search for ‘locksmiths near me,’ it doesn’t mean they are always the best for the job. Check other credentials such as organic results and reviews.

The location of ‘local locksmiths’

Locksmiths serve people all over the country. However, unless they are a national organisation, be wary of any companies advertising to your area that don’t live in the region or close enough for a short commute. Check the website for details such as contact information. If it’s vague and they don’t have a landline, be sure to question further. Our locksmiths serve areas across the UK, and our team are local professionals who love the area they live in.

Check out locksmith reviews

Customer reviews say a lot about a company, and they will give you an idea of the type of service you’ll receive. There are several ways to check out reviews and not just the ones that appear on their website. First, look for external feedback sites such as Google Reviews and TrustPilot. For example, at LockRite, we have 1000s of 5* reviews and offer a guarantee for our work, so you have peace of mind when you use our service.

Cheaper isn’t always better

While at LockRite, we keep costs as low as possible; it’s always best to be wary of locksmiths that quote unusually low prices to win the work. Instead, you should receive a comprehensive quote with details on the work, how much it’ll cost and how long it will take. Professional locksmiths will guide you through the project and are happy for you to ask any questions. A guarantee also backs our services, so you have peace of mind the work is carried out to a high standard. How much does a locksmith cost? Take a look at our locksmith prices article to get an idea of the average locksmith prices.

Avoid cash-only jobs

While it’s not unusual for locksmiths to take cash for jobs due to lack of card facilities, if there’s no receipt for the work, start asking questions. More and more tradespeople can accept card payments now. However, if you do pay cash, be sure to get a receipt. Without a receipt, you have no proof of who carried out the work and no comeback if something goes wrong. The receipt should also include the company name, business address, contact details, and a breakdown of costs. If any locksmith is hesitant to provide this, alarm bells should be ringing.

Check for a Google My Business listing

While many companies have websites and appear legitimate, it’s not always the case. Unfortunately, the locksmith industry doesn’t have official regulations so companies can advertise services, but that doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing. In haste, many people contact locksmiths like this, especially on emergency jobs. However, they can do more harm than good and end up costing you more in damage.

To help verify credentials, you could check for a Google My Business listing to back up their website and details. Not all reputable locksmiths will have one, but it helps to join the dots on their location, website and contact details. Plus, in some cases, you’ll see customer reviews and pictures of previous work carried out.

You’ll usually find a Google My Business page after the sponsored ads in a search result, so it’s easily identifiable.

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