5 easy steps to keeping your home safe

Take these measures to keep your home safe when you are away

Take measures to decrease the chances of doorstep crime. Before you head off on your half term holidays, it may be worth following these five easy steps to keeping your home safe, provided by smart home security expert Ring.

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Keep it well lit up

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Unsurprisingly, burglars often make their move after dark when they are less visible to passers-by and neighbours. We all know this, however, remarkably, many of us still leave our homes in total darkness when we go away on holiday. This gives opportunist burglars the ideal setting to target our homes. Installing a porch light to come on in the evenings, or better still motion detected smart lights, not only makes it harder for suspicious intruders to stay undetected, it will deter them from even approaching your house in the first place.

Make it look like you’re at home

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Some burglars will hang around neighbourhoods to scout out empty homes in advance. No burglar will set foot anywhere near your house if he thinks you’re there waiting to greet them the door. By keeping the curtains open, keeping your car parked in your driveway, or getting a neighbour to park their car in your driveway, you can create the perception that the house is occupied.

Embrace smart technology

Security technology has come a long way. Be proactive – don’t give your burglar ample time to grab and go. Instead, invest in smart connected cameras and doorbell systems to notify you of any suspicious activity outside the home through smart phone alerts. This puts you on the front foot, so you can stay one step ahead - proactive rather than reactive.

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Have visible home security

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The more visible you can make your security, the lower the chance of being targeted by a burglar. Burglars are less likely to commit a crime if they know they’re being caught on camera. If you install a visible security camera or smart doorbell you can deter burglars or car thieves from setting foot anywhere near your home. In addition, place signs or stickers in your garden and windows to remind any would-be intruders that they’re being watched.

Keep your neighbours up to date

Keep your neighbours in the loop by telling them you’re about to go on holiday so they will be more alert to any suspicious noises or behaviour while you are away. Having someone on hand to check in on the house will also put your mind at ease.

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Deputy Editor

Jennifer is the Deputy Editor (Digital) for Homes & Gardens online. Prior to her current position, she completed various short courses a KLC Design School, and wrote across sister brands Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes, Country Homes & Interiors, and Style at Home.