The home is one place more than any other that is uniquely “personal”. So, it’s no surprise that homeowners are prepared to spend their hard-earned cash on furniture, decorations, and other improvements to create a space in which they feel – quite literally – “at home”.
But it’s not only the look and design of a home that matters. Security is another important consideration.
Do you feel secure?
In the year to June 2022, police in England and Wales recorded more than 196,000 residential burglaries. In the grand scheme of things, that might not sound like a huge amount.
But that’s little comfort for anyone who was the victim of such a crime. Nor does it include similar incidents that weren’t reported. There are, however, steps you can take to protect your home.
DIY shops and specialist providers offer a range of products to boost your home security. Some measures are simpler than others; some systems are more advanced.
It all comes down to how secure you want to feel. And if that requires a comprehensive security system, it may be that a home improvement loan can help you secure the funding to make that happen.
Caught on Camera
CCTV cameras are one of the cornerstones of an effective security system. In this specific part of the home security market, the choice is bigger than ever.
At one end of the market are self-install smart options that you can plug in and connect to Wi-Fi. On the other, you have the full-service option that monitoring services provide – complete with a link to the emergency services.
Under lock and key
Did you know that your home insurance coverage can be affected by which type of locks you have fitted? It’s true. Insurance providers have a list of certain door and window locks that must be fitted.
If not, you may not be able to make a claim. From a safety point of view, you may want to consider upgrading your locks in any case.
Just remember to check they meet your insurer’s requirements.
Sound the alarm
If a burglar enters your house while you’re out, one thing that’ll certainly catch them in the act is a home alarm system. Like CCTV cameras, they can be self-installed or put in by a dedicated monitoring company. They can act as a useful deterrent in the first place. If a would-be burglar still tries their luck, it won’t be long before your alarm gets the attention of those nearby.
Lighting and fencing
A CCTV camera or a home alarm system both work in a similar way; motion sensor technology picks up on any unauthorised movement. The premise is the same with security lights. Fitted outdoors, a burst of light-activated by movement can stop a would-be burglar in their tracks.
For homeowners with big gardens, you can even look to stop a burglar from getting that far by fitting secure fencing. One point to consider include making it high enough so that it’s tough to jump. Don’t forget to choose a fence made from a strong material too.