According to research, nearly half of us us love getting stuck into a DIY task.
While at this time of year the focus is usually on interior decorating or a spot of gardening, it’s also a good time time to conduct a quick security sweep of your home.
Here’s some tips on where to start from the security experts at Yale:
Check your rear or side gate is secured with a weatherproof padlock and hasp, and that it’s still securely attached to the gatepost.
Move any tools or ladders into a locked shed or garage.
Move bins away from flat-roofed areas as thieves will often look for ways to gain access to areas like a roof, which can keep them hidden whilst they break in.
If you have a number of valuable items inside your garage or shed, it could be worth investing in a specific outbuilding alarm system.
Decide whether you need additional security such as a CCTV system.
Front and back doors
Lock cylinders are vitally important for security.
Check that your cylinder is rated at TS007 3-star Kitemark and consider changing it if it isn’t.
Look out for signs that your cylinder is vulnerable, such as how far it sticks out (vulnerable cylinders stick out more than the depth of a pound coin) and whether you have a floppy door handle.
Replace your cylinder to ensure its anti-snap, pick, bump and drill.
A platinum 3 Star cylinder can take a matter of minutes to fit and install and will provide you with maximum protection.
You could also consider update to a smart lock which can be accessed by a smartphone, key fob or PIN code.
Check your windows are all fitted with locks – especially import for easily accessible ground-floor windows.
If you already have an alarm system, check that all of your window and door contact points are working.
Look into the benefits of smart alarms.