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How to keep your house safe and protected

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Nobody wants to be burgled, but are we all doing enough to make sure that we aren't the victims of an unwanted visit?

There's more to it than simply having an electrician fit an alarm system, as how you style your front garden and even your relationships with your neighbours will all have an impact on the likelihood of your home being chosen for a break-in.

Read on to find out what mistakes make your home more attractive to intruders and see if you can rectify them today!

1. Not securing doors and windows properly makes you an easy target

2. Not having motion-activated lighting will let anyone sneak up to your property

Schoolmasters eco house:  Houses by build different
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Schoolmasters eco house

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3. Having no alarm at all puts you in real danger of a break-in. Plus, your home insurance will be higher than it needs to be

4. Letting people know you're not home means others might find out. Keep it to yourself and a select few neighbours and friends

Front facade and entrance:  Houses by The Chase Architecture
The Chase Architecture

Front facade and entrance

The Chase Architecture

5. Not having a relationship with your neighbours means they won't know when something unusual is happening in your home

6. Having no lighting at all offers plenty of cover for unwelcome, approaching visitors. Darkness is their best ally!

Riggsacre, Corbridge:  Houses by MWE Architects
MWE Architects

Riggsacre, Corbridge

MWE Architects

7. Displaying tempting items in your windows when you're not at home is asking for trouble

8. Not having tall enough fencing means anyone could simply leap into your garden and get into your home without being detected

9. Having a spare key outside somewhere is a no-no. It used to be commonplace but burglars know that now and can usually find a hidden key

10. Not being part of a neighbourhood watch group leaves you vulnerable. Join up, display your window sticker and rest easier

11. Not having lights timers while you're on holiday lets people know you are away. Fool the intruders by having your lamps on timers throughout the house

Exterior - Before and After Side dormer :  Houses by A1 Lofts and Extensions
A1 Lofts and Extensions

Exterior—Before and After Side dormer

A1 Lofts and Extensions

12. Overgrown front gardens give intruders a place to hide so try to keep your frontage clear

For more security inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Have A Safer Home Without Breaking The Bank.

Are you making any of these mistakes right now?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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