With the days getting shorter and the nights getting darker, it’s only natural to spend more time inside your home and less time in the garden. But before winter takes hold and we’re plunged into darkness, it’s worthwhile carrying out some outdoor security checks on your garden and surrounding areas to make sure they’re safe and secure.
Lock it up
Padlocks can rust over time, so make sure any locks securing your gate or outdoor storage units are still in good working order. If they’re showing signs of damage or corrosion, replace them as soon as you can.
If you have garden equipment lying around, now’s the time to lock it away. Keeping your equipment under lock and key will help to keep it secure, and will stop thieves looking for any opportunity to steal.
A bright move
Lights are a great way to enhance your outdoor security, especially if they’re on a motion sensor. Not only are they useful for when you arrive home in the dark, but they can also alert you to any movement on your driveway or in your garden.
If you have lights in place already, make sure they’re working, and if they’re coupled with CCTV cameras, make sure they’re free from debris and positioned correctly for maximum coverage.
A wheelie good idea
It’s something you might not think about often, but consider the position of your wheelie bins. For anyone looking to hop over a fence or jump onto a roof, wheelie bins can be a great ‘helping hand’.
If you can, try and position your bins away from fences and away from any flat parts of your roof where a burglar could easily hide away before gaining access to your home.
Consider Home Response
To give you extra peace of mind, consider using a Home Response service like ours. From responding to alarms to performing home checks and scheduling random mobile patrols, our Home Response service is a visible deterrent to burglars.
To find out more about our Home Response service, and for a free no-obligation quote, call us on 0800 783 1025.