Home security tips

Although home insurance can cover you against the financial impact of burglary and theft from your home by taking a few simple security measures you could dramatically reduce the risk of it happening to you.

Here at Hastings Direct, we've put together some helpful tips on how you can secure your home:

  • Make sure the exterior of your home is well lit. Exterior lights need to be high up and out of reach, placed near doors and to the rear of the house.
  • Don't leave any items in your garden, particularly ladders or spades that could be used to break into your house.
  • If you have a long driveway, gravel is a good deterrent for burglars.
  • Use an ultraviolet pen to mark all your possession of value. Include your name and full address.
  • Always change the locks when you move into a new home.
  • Window locks and mortice locks are good deterrents.
  • Never leave valuable items on view.
  • Never leave spare keys hidden in obvious places outside, like in a plant pot.
  • If you are away from your home, even for the night, use timers on lights to make it look like you're in.

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