Security is a top priority for many homeowners - and understandably so. We all want to keep our loved ones safe, day and night, and protect our property and valuables from any unwanted intruders. When looking for new windows and doors, security is one of the main factors that people will ask about.
To maximise the security of your home, it’s vital to understand the options that are available to you. New windows and doors can be fitted with the latest locking mechanisms that will stop forced entry attempts in their tracks. Home security is constantly growing and evolving, and there are always new developments on the market - smart locks continue to grow in popularity and abundance, for example.
If you want to keep your home secure with new windows and doors, you should find a double glazing installer near you with the FENSA postcode search tool. Our Approved Installers will carry out an installation that is compliant with Building Regulations, and you’ll receive a FENSA certificate when the job is done. To find out more tips to secure your home before you contact them, we encourage you to read on!
Lock your doors!
This may seem like an obvious one, but this is something that can easily be overlooked. It’s all too easy to leave home in a hurry in the morning and forget to lock your door properly behind you. Opportunistic would-be intruders have no shame in trying many doors on many streets on the off chance that one is left open - because, unfortunately, some often are! Take a few moments to make sure your front door is locked tight, at any and all times of day, and keep your home secure.
Secure the rear of your property
New front doors are one of the most popular home improvement investments that people will choose. At the front of your property, you can create a striking entrance that boosts kerb appeal and catches the eye. Some homeowners may think that they don’t get the same benefits at the rear of their property, as it’s seen by fewer people and doesn’t get the same ‘wow’ factor. But you mustn’t overlook the rear entrance of your property when it comes to security. Potential intruders know about this all-too-common oversight and will often target a back door to have a much easier time breaking into an unsuspecting home.
Remember your garage doors too
If you have a garage, this is another potential weakness that can be exploited. Exterior garage doors can be opened from the outside with relatively little effort for any potential intruders. Once a burglar is inside your garage, they may not just stop there either. Internal garage doors that lead to the rest of your home are often one of the weakest points in a property. These internal doors often provide an easy path for intruders right into the heart of your home. To combat these issues, consider adding a security code to your exterior garage door and making sure your internal garage door is as strong and secure as your external doors.
Don't "hide" keys in obvious places... or at all
We all know what it’s like. You’ve asked someone to pop round and check on your house, but you haven’t had time to give them a key. That’s fine, you think, you can leave it under the plant pot or the doormat. It’s a common thing to do, which means it’s a similarly common vulnerability for burglars to exploit. Don’t make it easy for potential intruders to waltz up to your home, check around the door and retrieve the key to all your belongings. If you need to leave a key within relatively easy reach, consider getting a wall-mounted safe, locked with a secure code, to store your keys.
Get smart with your security
Smart gadgets and intruder alert systems are becoming increasingly popular and, most importantly, affordable. Front doors are now available with smart locks that can be operated with keyless connectivity. Since keys can be stolen and used by potential intruders relatively easily, you can cut this weak point out of the process. Similarly, it’s quick and easy to install a doorbell camera to the outside of your property. Wherever you are, as long as you have your phone to hand (and nowadays, who doesn’t?) you can see anyone who approaches your door or even just walks past - so you can always be alert of what’s going on at your home to keep it secure 24/7.
Talk to FENSA Approved Installers About Keeping Your Home Secure
Investing in new windows and doors is one of the best ways to keep your home secure, and you can get started right away with a FENSA Approved Installer. Find a window and door installer near you with our handy search tool to get in touch with fitters in your area who can provide compliant installations in line with Building Regulations to get your coveted FENSA certificate when the job is done. We've also got plenty more homeowner advice for you too.
Some of the ways you can keep your home secure are incredibly simple, such as locking your doors and keeping any keys out of reach. Others can be a more significant investment, such as new windows and doors with advanced locking mechanisms - but these might be far more cost-effective than you may think, saving you time and money in the long term. There are additional benefits to these as well, such as renewed style and energy efficiency. Make your home more secure with the help of a FENSA Approved Installer today.