In recent weeks, I’ve taken it upon myself to start re-watching the whole of Pretty Little Liars, aka my favourite series of all time. I don’t want to give any spoilers in case you haven’t seen it or are currently watching it, but I’m sure you’ve heard of the character A who is taunting the girls. ‘A’ takes it upon themselves to send the girls unwanted messages, break into their homes and take things etc, it’s made me think about the security of our own homes and how careful we need to be.
I’ve created a list of things you should be aware of to keep your house safe:
Have you changed the locks since moving in?
If you’re a new homeowner, then securing the exterior should be one of the first things that you do. Simply put, you do not know who has access to the front and back doors. Even if the previous owner or landlord tells you that you have all the keys, it’s still wise to look at the services that a locksmith might be able to offer. You can even invest in heavy-duty locks to make sure your boundary is extra secure.
Do you have a deterrent?
The vast majority of criminals are nothing but opportunists, looking for easy targets. They’re not looking for challenges or anything that puts them at risk. As such, doing what you can to deter them is always wise. Home CCTV systems, for instance, are great because they’re highly visible and their purpose is clear. Lighting up the exterior of the home, making any potential criminals, more visible is a good strategy as well.
Does it work while you’re away from home?
One of the best things about modern security is just how connected that it’s all getting. Electronic locks, CCTV, and home alarms, for instance, can all be linked by a smart home device. You might even be able to control it from afar over the internet. This way, even if you’re on vacation, you can check your property and make sure everything is safe. If there’s a problem, you can report it and deal with it more thoroughly when you get back.
Are your valuables protected?
It’s not something we like to think about a lot, but there is always some potential that your security measures may not immediately deter would-be criminals. As such, if they do get into the home, it’s important to make sure that your most valuable possessions are protected. This can include measures as simple as a safe for your cash and jewellery, for instance. However, for things like tech, you should also consider GPS trackers that can help find the culprits if they do getaway.
Are you protecting yourself digitally?
It’s not quite the same as home security, but it’s important to remind ourselves of the risk of our data being stolen, as well. Make sure that you’re protecting any digital device that you own with anti-malware solutions and be smart in what data you share online and with who, staying away from phishing scams and other risks.
I hope this gave you something to think about as our own security is something we can take for granted.