Friday, 17 February 2017

Under House Arrest: Safety Measures for Your Home

The security of our family is paramount. Whether disaster strikes or we are looking to keep our valuables safe, we need to make sure that we’re prepared rather than regretful when we are making the call to the home insurance company to make a claim. While the amount of crime is increasing wherever we live, even in small neighborhoods, it has made us more vigilant as people and less trusting individuals. Protecting our family from any problem needs to be a priority, and it’s amazing how many people aren’t schooled in the basics. So here are some fundamentals to protecting your home.

Signs Are Great Deterrents

The amount of thieves that don’t bother trying to break into a property when they see a “Beware of the dog” sign is, surprisingly, a lot! The very fact that you have a sign there is enough to put off a potential robbery. Even if you don’t have a dog, it’s worth putting one up. But it can be possible to be overzealous with our signs. Putting up signs everywhere makes it look like you are overcompensating for something. So be simple with your signage.

Having The Right Policies In Place

Home insurance is essential when you own your own home, but do you have contents insurance, and do you have insurance that covers you for disasters like floods? A lot of people will struggle to make a claim if they live in an area that is prone to flooding, but they do not have the right cover. If you do live in an area like this, it is always worth having an extra layer of protection, like a flood shield. These are easy to maneuver if a disaster strikes and is easily storable. By having the appropriate methods of protection in place, it will make it easier for you to claim on your insurance policy if you have the right ones in place!

Security is Everything

You can be clever with security measures if you don’t have enough money to afford a state of the art security system. You should, at least, have in place an alarm system. But a good method to deter thieves when you are out at night is to set the house lights on a timer. It’s the oldest trick in the book, and it works wonders. Once every couple of weeks set a light pattern for one room to have its lights come on and for others to go off gives off a good impression of people being at home. This will bring extra peace of mind if you are on vacation too! Other security measures include securing your doors with double-bolted locks and increasing your layers of glass. If you only have single glazing, upgrading to UPVC will help make your house less impenetrable. And if you have a lot of valuables, it is definitely worth investing in a security box that is either locked by key or keypad, and they are generally affordable if you are looking for a small one, but the larger the box, the higher the price.

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