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How do I protect my home from intruders?

National Home Security Month always reminds us of the importance of securing our homes, yet this is something that we should think about all year round.
Most of us might initially think of installing a security camera outside of our property, and possibly inside too. While this is a great idea, there are a few other things you could take into consideration. Let us take you through some of the main points of weakness to look out for, some of which you may not have considered before.



While the front door is the main entrance to the home, a property may have several external doors from which to gain access. These doors could be hidden from view and provide a more secluded point of entry. A range of door locks will help to increase your security - just ensure that any lock you use conforms to British Standards.

  • Front Doors
  • Back Doors and Patio Doors
  • Windows
  • Garden and Outside Areas
  • Outdoor Buildings and Sheds
  • Garage
  • Inside the Home

How can you avoid locking yourself out?

This is something that happens to many of us, and who’s to say it won’t happen more than once! Locking yourself out of your house can lead to panic stations, but there are a few things you can do to help in this situation.

  • Key safes - these are just the ticket if you do have a habit of rushing out of the house and forgetting your keys or leaving them at a friend's house or workplace. Having a key safe in a secluded position will ensure you will always have a spare to hand - also handy if you’ve gone away and you need someone to feed your pet! 

  • Leave a key with a trusted neighbour - leaving a key with a neighbour you trust will mean someone close by will have a spare key to hand - just make sure you know when each other is going away so you don’t get caught out.

  • Get a phone case with extra pockets - these days we will often check that we have our mobile phones by our side, so having a phone case that has extra space for a key will be a handy benefit.

  • Make it a routine - as mentioned above about ensuring we have our phones before going anywhere, making a habit of checking for house keys before leaving will quickly become second nature.


We hope you have found this article useful, and if you’re looking for more helpful tips and advice about home security, come back soon!


Disclaimer: The information contained on this page is intended as an overall introduction and is not intended as specific advice from a qualified professional. Travis Perkins aims to avoid, but accepts no liability, in the case that any information stated is out of date.