Our first tip will cost a little bit of money, but it’s well worth it. Ensure that you have a deadlock fitted in your external doors. A deadlock needs a key to rotate the cylinder and it’s quite different from a spring loaded lock which is a lot less secure. Call a locksmith and receive this attended too straight away.
Next time you need a new lock fitted. Make sure your new lock as a restricted key. In essence this means your key can’t be easily copied. The keys are optimized and can only be reproduced by an authorised agent of the lock maker.
If you keep a ladder in the back garden, you might be making it a simpler for a burglar to get an open upstairs window. Get a strong lock and chain and either attach it to something fixed, or string it to a heavy weight or perhaps to a bicycle. This can make it very difficult to use unless you have the key.
4) Holiday Security
When you go off on vacation, or are away from home, use timers for security. Set up at least three timers in various rooms of the house to turn on and off lights and a radio throughout the day and evening. This will make it look as though someone’s in the home and should help deter burglars.
You can purchase small wireless video cameras really cheaply nowadays, and being wireless, they are quite easy to install. They generally have a variety of around 30 yards and can transmit a picture to your TV or recorder. The fact that they are there will deter many burglars and the will of course allow you to monitor activity around your home
6) Help avoid car theft
Statistically, the more unusual your car is, the less likely it is to me stolen. If you put decorative stickers or other adornments on your car which make it non-standard, the more likely you are to avoid it being stolen
7) Don’t forget the shed
If you store items in the shed (as the majority of us do) like bikes, lawnmowers and tools, here is a great tip. Get a chain and padlock and shackle bigger items together. It’s very difficult to steal a bicycle if it’s a lawnmower attached to it!