Home security

Keeping your home secure
An essential part of looking after your home is through home security. Here are a few top tips from Two Castles on how to keep you home, and your belongings, safe:

  • If you go out in the evening, draw your curtains and leave a light on in the main living room, as opposed to the hall so it looks as though someone is at home.
     
  • You could even fit a timer device to a lamp to make a property look occupied.
     
  • Use heavy-duty padlocks on garages and sheds.
     
  • Chain the door before you open it to see who is there.
     
  • Always ask for callers’ identity cards. If you are suspicious, do not open the door and do not let them into your property.
     
  • You could join or set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme and membership is free. To find your local group, click here or telephone 0207 821 6459.
     
  • If you go away for a long period of time, it’s a good idea to notify your local housing office, drain down your hot water tank and unplug electrical appliances.
     
  • If you suspect that there are criminal activities taking place on your estate, you may report this to Crime Stoppers anonymously on freephone 0800 555 111.
     
  • Never leave your door key under the mat or on a piece of string behind the letterbox.
     
  • If you have ladders, padlock them on to something secure so they can’t be moved and used to get into your home.