The coronavirus lockdown has had a big impact on every aspect of our lives.
From not being able to go out to see family and friends or socialise, to having to work from home and stay indoors to keep ourselves and our fellows safe and prevent the spread of the virus.
For some people, that may mean being confined to home 24/7.
For others, like keyworkers, that may mean leaving their homes unattended for hours on end while they are at work.
While keeping safe and healthy to help save lives should be everyone’s top priority, protecting your home and belongings is also a key concern which can cause stress, worry and anxiety in such uncertain, unprecedented times.
If this is the case, and you’re worried about protecting your home and your family, here are a few crime prevention tips for you to consider…
Windows and doors
With the whole family forced to stay home during lockdown and warmer weather coming in, it’s easy to get complacent when it comes to home security.
You might be opening windows that would normally be locked if you were out at work or leaving the patio open while you’re sat out in the garden.
But, it’s always worth checking that you are not making things too easy for would-be criminals to sneak in and out of your house undetected with any valuables such as wallet or purses, car keys or jewellery.
It’s worth regularly checking to make sure your car is locked and you know where the keys are, especially if it’s not parked in your garage or on your driveway. Folding in your wing mirrors to prevent damage and locking any valuables, such as sat navs or dashcams, out of sight is also a must.
Just remembering a few simple security principles can help avoid a lot of heartache.
Lights and cameras
If your home is protected by CCTV and security lighting, make sure your systems are working properly and are focused on the areas of your home that need it the most.
Replace any bulbs that aren’t functioning properly and do a regular check on your cameras to make sure they are not damaged and are filming properly.
Although you are probably at home for a lot more than you normally would be, it’s always worth doing a weekly check on your alarm system to make sure it is functioning as it should. You can report any concerns to your alarm company, which should hopefully be able to fix them quickly should any issues arise.
This is especially important if you are a keyworker and may be called into work for long periods, leaving your home unattended.
This one is common sense, but you shouldn’t leave any high-value items on display to anyone who may be passing by your window. It can be difficult to hide big-ticket electrical equipment such as your television or games console, but things like car keys, tablets, mobile phones and jewellery should be stowed away out of sight wherever possible.
While it won’t physically prevent a crime from taking place, if you have good home insurance in place, should you suffer theft or burglary at home, you will at least be able to claim back the money to replace some of the items you have lost.
Of course, sentimental items cannot be replaced, so it’s important to ensure that you get the basics of home security and crime prevention right, to help minimise your chances of a break-in.
Everybody needs good neighbours
Finally, if you are in a ‘Neighbourhood Watch’-type security scheme, make sure you stay connected and keep up to date with anything that might be happening in your street. If you see anything or anyone suspicious, report them to the police or your neighbours – you’d want them to do the same for you, after all.
And if you are leaving your house unattended to go to work, ask a neighbour or friend to keep an eye on things for you, for an added bit of peace of mind.
Grays Locksmiths is here to help
When it comes to home security, a few simple steps can go a long way.
The coronavirus crisis is unprecedented and has taken everyone by surprise, which means you may be worrying more than usual about how to keep your home and your belongings secure.
At Grays Locksmiths, we’re here to help.
As a member of the Master Locksmiths Association, we’re highly regulated and fully accredited.
We don’t have a call-out charge, and there’s no hidden costs. We’re here to give you simple, honest home security advice to help you protect your family and the things you love.
So, if you are concerned about protecting your home while in lockdown, or simply want some security advice for a bit of peace of mind, give us a call.
We care about all our customers and are happy to support you in these uncertain times, to help you protect your home during the coronavirus crisis as best we can.
So, give us a call on 0115 942 2315, even if it’s just to ask us a question or talk about any security concerns you may have. We’d love to hear from you.