Essential summer home security tips

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In the (sometimes) warm months of summer, most of our red brick UK houses can become unbearably warm. The heat creates the very real temptation to throw all the doors and windows wide open, letting the heat dissipate. Still, it isn’t the most sensible thing from a security point of view.

We all enjoy the sun. Well, being English, we all think we enjoy the sun, and then, when it comes, we spend all our time complaining about it.

Either way, it’s possible to get out and enjoy the summer months without compromising your home’s security. These top home security tips will show you how…

Windows and doors

While it’s really tempting to open all the windows and doors on a hot sunny day, this actually tends to have a negative effect overall. It’s especially true on summer days without much of a breeze.

To keep the heat inside your house to a minimum, the best thing to do is shut all south-facing windows and curtains. Doing this keeps the heat at bay much longer. The temperature will still go up, but it’ll be considerably less of an increase than having the curtains and windows open.

When the sun goes down (which, admittedly, isn’t until 9:30 at the summer solstice), open the windows and curtains to your bedroom only. Through the night, the temperature will settle, often to a bearable level.

This is good news from all points of view. Keeping any access points to your home closed during the day, when they might not be occupied, might dissuade any would-be burglars. It also means the rooms inside might be slightly less sauna-like when you arrive back after a day out.

Aside from this, you should follow all the standard home security protocols, such as setting an alarm and locking and bolting all exterior doors and gates.

It’s also crucial to remember to shut and lock all access points at the front of the house if you’re all out sunbathing in the back garden. The opposite is also true, of course.

An open invitation back garden BBQ, for example, might broadcast to criminals that you aren’t sure who’s who and that you’re distracted from who is coming in and out.

Holiday security

When you go away on holiday or visiting friends or relatives, your house is inevitably left empty.

It’s essential to not broadcast this to anyone who doesn’t need to know, as tempting as it might be. The rise of social media means that anybody can see your posts. If you use Facebook to announce to everyone that you and your entire family are away in Crete, burglars see an open invitation to your house.

To keep your home secure while you’re away, make it look occupied. This process could include putting lights on a timer, asking a neighbour to check on the house regularly, or leaving cars on the drive (but locking the keys away).

Sheds

Sheds usually house low-to-moderately expensive tools and equipment. By their nature, they don’t usually have the greatest protection against break-ins. Security options for sheds could include an

extra lock (with a different key), a security bar or padlock, or a CCTV camera (or even a fake camera) pointing at it.

Alarm system

When installing a shed, make sure it’s firmly anchored to the ground. If the shed has windows, either board them up or keep anything valuable out of sight for anyone peeping in. It’s also a good idea to chain large items (such as bicycles, lawn mowers, deck chairs, etc) together, making it almost impossible to make off with them.

Other equipment and valuables

Overall, we wouldn’t recommend keeping any serious valuables in a shed. If you have any items worth anything to you – whether financially or emotionally – it’d be safer to keep them locked up inside your home somewhere.

You can keep your equipment safer inside by hiding it or even, in some instances, putting it in a locked safe. The first place most burglars check is the master bedroom, so avoid hiding anything in there.

Gardens

During summer, our gardens usually become one of the main points of contact. With the Covid-19 epidemic, this year and last saw us all turn to gardens and outdoor spaces like never before.

To keep your garden secure during these times, we’d recommend using high fences, trellises and/or spiky plants all around your property borders. This’ll politely dissuade anybody from attempting to get in. Using a tall, bolted gate is also effective at keeping burglars out.

A potential side effect of this is being more cut off from your neighbours. Whether you consider that to be a good thing or not, these defences undoubtedly make for a more secure back garden.

Give Grays Locksmiths Nottingham a call

Summer sees the most significant rise in the number of reported burglaries. To avoid being one of the statistics, keep your windows and doors locked (even when you’re at home), keep valuables out of sight from windows, install extra security systems (such as CCTV and alarms) and always appear to be at home.

For emergency locksmith services and security advice, feel free to get in touch with us here at Grays Locksmiths.