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Home More Secure on a Budget

When purchasing your home, one of the first things many people want to do is to protect their property and the contacts as well as their family. Depending on the area you live, certain parts of the UK have a higher risk of burglary which you can find out about when looking to purchase your home. Sometimes despite it being a nice area, many people are put off by high records of burglary preventing some sellers from gaining a quick house sale. Unfortunately more affluent areas are targeted more by potential thieves. It is important to take steps to prevent your home from being targeted but it doesn’t always have to cost the earth, as you don’t necessarily need the most expensive home security kit to help secure your home.

Firstly, your home is more likely to be targeted if it appears to be empty, so if you are going away on holiday or even if you are regularly out of the house at work for example it’s a good idea to create the illusion that someone is at home. You can do this by leaving the odd light on, or even putting a lamp on a timer. Ensure all of your windows and doors are locked, and don’t be tempted to leave a window open while you are out even if you want to air out the house. You could also leave a radio on low and shut your curtains if you are going on a night out.

Speak to a neighbour and arrange to have them check on the house. Coming by to collect post for example can help to deter burglars, as uncollected post is a sign to potential thieves that you are out. You could even ask your neighbour to use your parking space or driveway which can help make your home look lived in. When it comes to security of your home, make sure you use a deadlock as anything else can easily be broken with little force. Rather than spending thousands of pounds on CCTV equipment, you can use simple video camera which are a much cheaper alternative but just as effective. You can also get dummy cameras to put on the outside of your house too, which are obviously inexpensive but can serve as a good deterrent. Motion detecting spotlights are also a good idea, which you can purchase at a low cost. And burglar alarms can be bought from your local DIY store for relatively little cost.

Make sure you mark all of your electrical appliances or outdoor things such as bikes with your postcode or some other personal identification as this can deter thieves due to it being harder to sell on. But also make sure any bikes are locked securely to an immoveable object if they are stored outside. By making a small investment to secure your home and protect your property you can not only deter potential burglars in your area but also help to make your home more attractive to buyers in the future helping you to achieve a quicker house sale, particularly if you live in a high risk area.

by Cormac Henderson

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