Living alone is a step that almost everyone will go through sooner or later. Living alone, especially in a location which is not very frequented or even isolated, may sometimes strike some fear. What do you need to do to feel safe? It is without doubt essential to check that all the access points to your home remain secure. But not only!
- The first step is to make sure that the entrancedoor, as it is the main access point, is sufficiently resistant to any kind of attack. In fact, one theft in 3 occurs through the entrance door and it is quite common not to feel safe if the main access is only protected by an old lock which is not immune to the new burglary techniques such as lock-picking or key-bumping. It is always wise to invest in a “door system” that can guarantee maximum security.
(Re-read the blog: Is the entrance door to my house really secure?)
- Once you have ensured that the main door is sufficiently protected, it is essential to do the same with every potential entrance point. The windows and patio doors can be effectively protected with shutters, armoured blinds or locking bars, but also with electronic alarms, as can all secondary entrances to the house, such as cellars, garages, skylights on roofs etc.
(Re-red the blog: how to defend the garage door)
- It is not enough to obtain multiple security systems and take the right precautions, if we then forget to use them.
Closing windows and the garage, activating the alarm and checking that the door is closed with several throws are automatic actions which, precisely because of this fact, might be accidentally forgotten. What may seem like an oversight, which one might consider to be quite trivial, such as leaving a window open, can become the opportunity that thieves have been waiting for. In a previous blog we saw that 34% of unwanted intrusions into a house occurs through a door or a window left open unintentionally. One should therefore always pay attention to the actions which we generally perform automatically.
Also, if possible, when selecting which shutters and blinds to use in your home, you should make sure that they can be securely locked from the inside.
- When designing a security system (that is, the series of protective measures that concern all the possible access points to a home), it is necessary to ensure that the various components are balanced and that there are not some elements present with excellent quality and others of poor quality (which are always to be avoided), especially with regard to the main entrance door.
But even more important is to keep confidential the information on the security systems installed, which means having the security works performed by trusted individuals or certified professionals, so that even the best equipped thieves are hampered by a lack of information about what they will have to deal with.
- Maintain a good relationship with your neighbour.
Knowing your neighbours and regularly exchanging information regarding protection of the homes, creating a network, is an additional method to prevent thefts. Setting up or joining instant messaging groups which help protect the neighbourhood is an idea that effectively uses current technology and it is becoming very widespread.