Posted on March 1, 2013 by sylius in News

Home Security Tips – Part 2

Hello everyone, this is your friendly neighbourhood locksmith here!

Last week we gave you a few pointers that will help you keep your house safe when you’re inside. But how about when you leave? Burglars are adept at reading signs of a vacant house and the better you cloak your absence, the more protected your house is!

When Away From Home

If you want your house to appear occupied:

  • Use a timer switch to have a radio turn on and off to give the impression there is someone at home.
  • Use timer switchers to switch lights on and off at suitable times of the day and night.
  • Do not leave curtains drawn during the day.
  • Cancel your milk and papers.
  • And finally, ask a neighbour to keep a watch on your property, while you are away

Other Deterrents

  • Gravel or pebbles on driveways warn you when someone is approaching your house. Burglars know this, this acts as a deterrent.
  • Fit blinds to windows. Venetian blinds or vertical blinds can act as a significant deterrent as they are noisy obstacle for burglars attempting to gain entry.
  • Preferably install an alarm system or at least fit an external dummy alarm box in a prominent position on the outside of the house.
  • Join your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme and display the Neighbourhood Watch and CCTV in operation stickers.
  • Cut back hedges and trees near to your house to make it difficult for burglars to conceal themselves.
  • Property marking can act as a good deterrent as the markings make it difficult for a burglar to sell your goods.
  • Time light switches with motion detection act as a good deterrent to burglars, as there is nowhere for a burglar to hide.

We hope you found this helpful, and that you now have a better idea on how to protect your house. Feel free to ask us any questions you have on our live chat, Facebook page ( or Twitter account @keys4ulocksmith. Have a pleasant and safe weekend!

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