How to conduct a home security audit

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Safety at home is a primary concern for many of us.

Although the second half of the year has commenced, you don’t have to wait until the beginning of next year to start making improvements to your home security. By conducting an audit and examining a few key areas on your premises, you can keep yourself and your loved ones out of harm’s way.

Why should you conduct a home security audit?

  • You can identify weak areas
  • You can make the necessary improvements before it’s too late
  • You can increase your peace of mind
  • You can add value to your property
  • You can test particular technologies like a wireless home security system
  • You might also find other areas of your home that need attention, for example, cracked walls.

If it’s time for you to conduct such an audit, it doesn’t have to seem like such a daunting task. Here are the steps you should take to make it simple and effective.

Step 1: Start with the exterior

This means you will need to think like a criminal. Imagine you had no keys to access your home, how would you get into the house?

Take a walk around your perimeter and pay attention to all entrance points including doors, windows and even the roof. If there are any bushes or trees that are growing near any access point, these could act as a hiding place for people who mean you harm. Rather trim them back to make sure you aren’t at risk.

Take a look at your house number and ensure it is visible from the road. That way, if your security provider needs to intervene, they will know which home has been compromised.

Step 2: Move on to those doors

Are your doors made from robust materials and do they have sturdy locks that can withstand impact? If the answer is no, it might be time for an upgrade.

Your locks can often be the difference between danger and safety. Where your loved ones are concerned, rather err on the side of caution and upgrade these before an incident occurs.

Step 3: Examine the windows

Many thieves love to take advantage of an open window or one with a broken latch. Windows are also far easier to break than doors, making them a real drawcard for criminals.

Many of us pay little attention to these as access points because we don’t use them to gain entry into our homes. As a result, a lot of break-ins occur through windows. Check the latches on all of your windows and replace any that are faulty.

If you need to add burglar guards then do so.

Step 4: Don’t neglect the garage

Your garage is another area that tends to be overlooked because there are no occupants staying in it. This makes it a hotspot for criminals who are looking for an easy break-in.

How sturdy is your garage door? If it could use some reinforcement, then add it. You won’t be sorry. If you have an inter-leading door into your home, you need to up the security of that door to ensure that thieves can’t access your house from the garage.

Step 5: Consider moving your safe

Most people tend to install their safe in their bedroom, which is unfortunately where they can be found when criminals break in. This presents a risk to the occupants of the bedroom where the safe is located.

Whilst you might want to install a safe in your main bedroom for smaller items, larger and more valuable ones should be in a concealed safe somewhere else.

This will provide a degree of safety for those items like firearms, jewellery and heirlooms that can’t be replaced. The smaller safe will also act as a decoy should thieves find it.

Let us help you increase your security at home

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With internationally-respected brands and accredited products, we have a range of items perfect for your needs and budget. To get in touch with our team of professionals, contact us today.