The main problem you have when trying to store something securely is developing a comprehensive plan which covers everything. The safe you use for jewellery isn’t adequate for storing your gardening tools. Currently, there’s no all-round security solution which protects everything equally. It’s a conundrum, so what should you do?
Basic Home Security
None of the home security products available, no matter how expensive, can compensate for a lack of common sense. If you forget to lock your garden shed don’t be surprised if you wake up to discover your expensive gardening equipment has disappeared. Forget to close the kitchen window or leave your spare key in an obvious place, and it doesn’t matter how much money you’ve spent on security.
Here are the most basic ways to secure your home:
- Check the security of all windows and doors.
- Never leave valuables in plain view.
- Avoid leaving your keys near the door. Burglars have been known to use fishing hooks to bring them back through the letterbox.
- Close your front gate and make any anti-burglary measures visible and clear. An article by Michael Fraser for the Crimestoppers website highlighted how leaving the front gate open is a sign of weakness, and therefore it makes the house a target.
Invest in a safe for your smaller items like jewellery and paper documents. Ensure it’s fireproof and watertight to protect against floods. Opt for the upper end of the spectrum as the quality to price ratio generally moves on a sliding scale.
Ideally, you should buy a safe which you can keep out of sight and bolt to a wall or floor. Make it as difficult as possible to break into or take away. Thieves look for easy targets. Generally, most thieves will only spend five to ten minutes within your home before fleeing with your prized possessions.
To secure gardening tools and larger items like bicycles, choose a heavy-duty lock and chain. The only way to break these is by using a heavy-duty cutter or by retrieving the key. These locks are inexpensive and provide you with the highest levels of security.
Beware of windows, though. Try to choose a shed or outhouse which doesn’t have a window a thief can smash. This also has the advantage of not allowing an invader to see what’s inside.
What You Shouldn’t Store
Some items should never exist in the home. The risk simply isn’t worth it. Money is the main one. Having a stack of notes makes your home a target. Leave large amounts of cash in the bank because even if the bank sustains a rare robbery, it’s responsible for compensating its customers in full. In other words, you lose nothing.
Other items which you should store in a bank include:
- Precious gems like diamonds, rubies, and sapphires.
- Original copies of wills and deeds.
- Items of sentimental value.
To put it simply, you need to adopt a security plan infused with common sense. Never become too reliant on one item. Invest in locks, security safes, and outhouses with features designed to prevent theft. If you aren’t confident in your ability to protect some items, call in help from a bank or security company. Stay vigilant and there’s little value for any would-be thief.
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Article provided by www.safeoptions.co.uk