Our 26 Home Security TipsBrought to you in conjunction with YOURBUILDPLAN.co.uk
1. Always lock the doors and close thewindows when you go out, even ifyoull only be out for a short time.
2. All external doors should have 3locking points. Mortice locks will addconsiderable strength to your door – ifyou are not sure how to fit them seeJLG or your local locksmiths.
3. Window locks can help to stoppeople getting in, especially in olderwindows and windows without doubleglazing.
4. Use deadlocks if you have them -they make it harder for thieves to getout again.
5. If you are thinking of PVC or metalframed doors/windows, make surethey come with good built in locks anda fitted chain, as these can beexpensive to add afterwards.
6. Patio doors should have speciallocks fitted to the top and bottom –ask JLG or your local locksmith foradvice.
7. Dont leave spare keys outside or ina garage or shed if you do use adedicated and secure key box properlyfitted. JLG supply and install these.
8. Keep garden sheds, side gates andgarages locked with good qualitypadlocks and hasps and think aboutusing a JLG battery-operated alarm.
9. Keep car and garage keys out ofsight in the house.
10. Dont leave window and door keysin their locks.
11. Always draw your curtains atnight and make sure valuable itemscannot be easily seen from outside.
12. If you walk your dog, try not to goat the same time every day vary yourroutine.
FACTDid you know...? 58% of burglariestake place in the evening or night and34% occur at the weekend.
13. Use timers for lights and radios ifyou will be out of the house overnight.They create the impression thatsomeone is at home. It is notrecommended to use TVs for thispurpose.
14. Visible burglar alarms, good lighting and security lighting can be deterrents.For a free survey call JLG or make sure theinstalling company is NSI Gold accredited and thatyou have a maintenance contract in place.
15. Think about connecting a smokedetector to your intruder system asthis can call the fire brigade.
16. A connection to call the police,fire brigade, key holding company or aneighbour should be considered.
17. Particularly ensure that recessedareas and doorways have goodsecurity lighting.
18. Make sure that lights dontdisturb your neighbours and thatalarms turn off after 15 minutes. Thisis now a regulation and you can belanded with a fine.
19. Your security lighting can be usedin conjunction with a JLG CCTVsystem and this can be viewed on a PCor on your mobile phone.
20. Walls and solid fencing aroundyour house may let a thief break inwithout being seen. Trees and shrubscan also be hiding places.
21. Chain-link fencing or trelliseswith prickly shrubs can be a bettercompromise.
PRICKLY SHRUBSListed below are a few shrubs youmight consider planting.
A) PYRACANTHALarge evergreen shrubs suitable for walltraining or hedge. White flowers. May-Junefollowed by red, orange or yellow berries inAutumn. Thorny branches. Grows 2-4" tall.
B) HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDESSea Buckthorn grows in any soil and is windresistant with silver foliage and excellentthorns. This large shrub provides superb cover.Plant in groups of 3 to obtain berries.
C) BERBERIS OTTAWENSIS SUPERBAUse as a hedge or an individual shrub.Deciduous barbed plant with beautiful purplefoliage. Yellow flowers in Spring. Reaches 1.5-1.8m tall, allow two plants per metre.
D) BERBERIS JULIANAPrickly evergreen shrub with shiny dark leaves.Yellow flowers in Spring. Grows 1.2-1.8m tall.
E) CRATAEGUS MONOGYNACommon Hawthorn. Forms an impenetrablethorny hedge. Fast growing, with fragrantwhite flowers. Red haws in Autumn. Prune torequired height.
F) ILEXHolly. Evergreen shrubs for hedging orindividual shrub. Green or variegatedavailable. Plant in sun or shade. Femalesproduce berries when males present.
G) CLIMBING & RAMBLING ROSESUseful to give added protection to wallsand fences. Wide selection. Heights varyfrom 2.7.
H) ROSA BLANC DOUBLE DE COUBERT - WHITEFragrant Old Fashioned Rose - denselyprickly for hedges or individual shrubs upto 2m high.
22. JLG Automated gate systemsconnected to entry system also makeyou a less vulnerable target make surethese are regularly maintained with aservice contract.
23. Make sure that garden tools orladders that could be used to forceentry into your home are not left lyingaround and that ladders arepadlocked and chained up.
24. Fit a ‘spy hole so that you can seewho is at the door. Also have a doorchain so that you can open the door alittle way to talk to visitors.
25. Mark your belongings with aproperty-marking product.
26. Neighbourhood Watch and other‘watch schemes are excellent ways forcommunities to fight burglary.
NOTE Make sure that any security improvements you make to your house doesn’t stop you getting out as quickly as possible if there is a fire.For all your security needs visit www.jlgsecurity.co.uk or call uson 0500 099980