How to Make Your Home More Secure

If you are away from your house for any prolonged periods, the security of your home may cross your mind on more than one occasion. With most people questioning whether they remembered to lock their doors and windows or set an alarm. Aside from relying on your neighbour to watch out for any suspicious activity, there are steps you can take to make your house more secure.

In a recent survey, Which? Asked the question, How does a burglar scope a house?  They went on to survey security experts and former burglars to find out what would deter someone from breaking in.

One of their key findings was that they would look for signs that the homeowner wasn’t security conscious. For example, their doors would only have a single cylinder or Yale lock or their windows wouldn’t have any locks. They would also look out for tell-tale signs, such as keys being left in doors and window locks, and check to see if sheds and outbuildings have been properly secured.
Becoming the victim of a burglary is a traumatic experience, and it can also be expensive to resolve.

We’ve written this article to share some of the tips and advice that we’ve picked up over the years, to try and make your home more secure:

Tip 1: Ensure your home looks occupied at all times

As well as conducting opportunistic burglaries, some burglars will scope out a property before
coming back at a later date or time. Make sure there are no easy spaces for a burglar to hide to
scope out the house and if you are away for any periods, try and make it look like someone is still
home. Using lights on timers or getting a neighbour to park their car on your drive while you’re away can help to make it look like the house is still occupied.

Tip 2: Avoid mentioning any forthcoming holiday plans on social media

Your social media accounts might not be as private as you think they are. You wouldn’t think twice about not running down the road shouting “we’re going away!” Social media is a front door to the world, and If you tell the world you’re going away on holiday, don’t be surprised when a burglar pays your home a visit while you’re away. Also consider holding off on posting photos of your holiday snaps while you’re away and wait until you’re safely in the comfort of your own home before sharing them.

Tip 3: Don’t leave spare keys lying around

It’s good to have a spare key, but if they’re easy to find or easily visible, you’re asking for trouble. If you keep your spare key on the ledge above a door or underneath a plant pot, consider a key safe instead.

Tip 4: Invest in a home security system

Installing a home security system is a big deterrent to potential burglars. If an intruder sees a security system they will be more likely to move on to an easier target.  

Tip 5: Upgrade your Door and Window locks

Simply locking your doors and windows may not be enough if you don’t have high-quality locks or the glass is easy to break. Invest in multipoint locking and make sure your door frames and hinges are strong enough to endure an attempted break-in. Older doors or exposed hinges may pose an unnecessary risk.

Make your home more secure with Smart Installations

Home security is a key priority for Smart Installations. Which is why all of our windows and doors are made with security in mind.

Home Security you Can Trust

The windows supplied and fitted by Smart Installations come with SAC shootbolt locking system as standard. This helps to improve both security and performance.

Our doors offer multipoint locking technology on both front and rear entrance doors, for added
peace of mind.

As well as increasing the security around the home, it also tells insurers that your house has been made more secure.

All of our windows come with a 10 year warranty and we’re Certass approved, providing added
peace of mind.

How Can SMART Installations Help You?

Improve the security of your home
You tell us what you would like to achieve and we’ll find the solution. From design to installation, our professional team of expert fitters will take care of everything for you.

We are proud to have been helping homeowners improve the safety, efficiency and curb appeal of their homes for over 30 years. With an extensive range of windows.

Design and price the solution for your home using our online design tool:
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Or, if you would prefer a more personal and professional opinion, one of our expert fitters can measure for you.
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Case study from Mock Tudor job:

Our expert fitters recently installed Mock Tudor boards to restore the look and protect the future longevity of the exterior of our clients’ properties.

The images below are taken from 2 separate Mock Tudor installation projects.

Once we’d measured up and where appropriate, we used composite aluminium render panels as they are excellent backing panels that can be used in place of normal render.

We then applied a generous and even amount of adhesive to ensure proper adhesion and to seal these boards to the exterior walls, we carefully positioned the boards to ensure straightness and make any necessary adjustments before the adhesive sets.

Once the render panels were set in place and we had marked up the position of the fixing, we proceeded to install the Mock Tudor beams.

Our multi-purpose and concrete screws secure the Mock Tudor in place ensuring a long-lasting installation.

Credit goes to Matthew Davies and Morgan Bell for their work on these particular projects in restoring these properties to their former glory.

Lyn Barley
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Had our mock tudor render boards replaced. It looks absolutely amazing, Matt and Morgan were exceptional. Attention to detail fantastic, nothing too much trouble, clean & tidy. Would recommend them and Smart to anyone thinking of having this done. Excellent. If I could give them 10 stars out of 5 I would, but 5 is the highest, they were that good!!
Thomas Jenks
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Fab company to work with! Their quote was 3x cheaper than alternatives, and it took around 2 weeks between quote and installation. Matty and Morgan were amazingly helpful and finished our mock tudor beam job in 2 days. Fab stuff.