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5 TIPS TO SECURE YOUR HOME AND SAVE MONEY ON INSURANCE

26 Oct 2017

1. Install an alarm system, linked to an armed-response company
While it’s always a good idea to get competitive quotes, choose a reputable company that’s active in your area. If there is more than one, ask neighbours, the local neighbourhood watch or the community policing forum (CPF) for their recommendations.
Most insurance companies will reduce your premiums if you have an alarm and armed-response service, in addition to basic security. Bear in mind, however, that claims can be denied if you don’t activate the alarm every time you leave the home.
Securing areas of the house, such as bedrooms, with security gates will make you less vulnerable when you’re at home.
2. Fit quality security gates and burglar bars
Securing areas of the house, such as bedrooms, with security gates will make you less vulnerable when you’re at home. When you aren’t, they can also prevent burglars from freely accessing areas where your valuables are stored.
Let your insurance company know when you’ve fitted the gates and burglar bars as well as any additional features such as pin locks on sliding doors. You may be entitled to a discount on your premiums.
Wall-top electric fencing is a common first line of perimeter security, but can be ineffective if the wrong kind of fence is chosen or it is poorly installed.
3. Check your perimeter security
Wall-top electric fencing is a common first line of perimeter security, but can be ineffective if the wrong kind of fence is chosen or it is poorly installed.
The wiring and structure of the fence, the height, number of zones required and lifespan all have to be considered, but are often overlooked. The structure of the fence is determined by the height, quality and width of the wall to which it is attached.
4. Fit good window and door locks
Builders and developers sometimes try to save money by fitting cheap locks. These can be broken by hitting them with a hammer, using a crowbar or even a hard enough kick. Fitting locks with the kite mark BS3621 (the BS stands for British Standard) or insurance-approved locks to exterior doors can prevent this from happening.
. 5. Use some common sense
There are some security precautions you can take that won’t cost you much, but could help deter criminals.
- Don’t take your time. You’re vulnerable when you enter and leave your property. If possible, try to vary the times when you come and go. When you do, don’t waste time in the driveway.
If you have an automatic door or gates, press the button as soon as you can and, if possible, wait in the road while it opens or closes. That way you have some room to escape if something happens.
Don’t leave your car idling in the driveway. If there’s a car you don’t recognise following you when you return home, go around the block. If it keeps following you, drive to a police station or a safe area.
- Clear out and light up hiding places, cut back trees, plants or shrubs that could provide hiding places.
Fit lights with motion detectors to illuminate dark areas where criminals could conceal themselves.
- Think about what you throw away. Leaving the box your plasma screen or new laptop came in outside for the rubbish collectors could be an invitation for criminals.
Rather dispose of packaging from expensive items by cutting them up and only putting out the rubbish on collection day.
- Put your stuff away. This applies both inside and outside. Leaving tools or ladders lying around only makes things easier for burglars. Similarly, leaving a laptop near an open window, even if you have burglar bars, may be all the opportunity a criminal needs.
Investing in home security has the dual benefits of giving you some peace of mind and could save you some money on your insurance premiums each month.