Keeping your home safe from burglars this winter

3 November 2022

Keeping your home safe from burglars this winter

Your property is not secure if your doors and windows are not. Did you know that your front door accounts for how two-thirds of burglars get into your property and windows are another common entry point for burglars. Here at Total Home NI, with over 25+ years of experience in manufacturing windows and doors, your Belfast home’s security is safe with us.

Ways to increase your window and door security

Secure Locks 

We install YALE multi-point locks onto all of our doors and windows, all ensuring they lock with the highest security with a 10-Year Guarantee. Nowadays, the majority of premium double-glazed units will come with reliable locks to assist prevent burglars from entering your property. Of course, you should lock your windows and store the key in a secure location, but having the ability to lock your windows tightly will give you extra security and peace of mind.

Stronger Frames

When compared to older, wooden frames, UPVC and composite frames offer greater strength and longevity. A wooden window or doorframe that can be forced opened far easier by burglars, than uPVC or Composite doors. A tougher material, like UPVC, makes life more challenging for the typical burglar or vandal, increasing the security of your property.

Tougher Glass

While some burglars may try to get into your home discreetly, others will not hesitate to smash glass to get inside your house. Even if they do not intend to enter the property, vandals can harm your home in this way. With high-quality double-glazed units, you can get harder glass, which can make it more difficult for burglars and vandals to break into your house through your windows.

Peepholes and door chains

This is an effective way to improve the security of your doors. By installing a peephole and a door chain, it increases your home’s security and makes you feel safer. The peephole allows you to have a clear vision of anyone outside your property, without someone seeing you or requiring you to open the door to see. The door chain, acts as an enhancement to our already very secure Yale locks, it adds another layer of security for your home.

Lockable handles

Our uPVC windows and doors have lockable handles, as a standard along with multi-point locking systems, making them a secure choice but all of our windows can be fitted with handles that lock, so they can’t be easily opened.

Different glass types

Increase your home’s security by installing a range of different glass types in your windows or doors. Double Glazed windows can improve your home’s security, so choosing high-quality products that meet British standards is necessary to take advantage of double glazing’s maximum security advantages. We offer a range of triple glazed units, to increase security and to prevent force of entry. Frosted glass also maintains your privacy when inside your home, making you feel safer and to prevent people getting a clear of your valuables inside your home. For an extra layer of security, we can also install laminated glass, which has an internal PVB layer, making it more difficult to break for a burglar.

Window and door alarms

As another level of security, adding audible window and door alarms or CCTV, which lets out an alert sound when detecting movement or a break-in, is a very effective way to detract burglars. As another layer of security, these alarms can be linked to call police or alert your phone, if you are not at home. Installing window and door alarms can be a great way to keep your home burglar-proof. CCTV allows you to have visual monitoring of your property and potential anti-social or intrusive behaviour.

 

Extra ways to keep your home as burglar-proof as possible

A Fake Burglar alarm can be a great way to deter potential intrudes, without actually having to install an alarm that costs money. Burglars will be under the impression your under full surveillance, scaring them from attempting to break into your property.

Motion-censored outdoor lighting will make it more difficult for someone to break in, as most burglaries happen in the dark. This will immediately draw attention to potential burglar; this will alert neighbours, yourself and will discourage the burglar to attempt entry.

Secure the perimeter- Laying down gravel and trimming outside hedges, are simply ways you can increase your home’s security. Gravel will make a sound when burglars or anyone is crossing the front of your home and by cutting your hedges, it will minimise your vision of potential intruders from being obstructed. You must also ensure any outbuilding or sheds are safely locked as these can also run the risk of being burgled

Lock any tools and ladders away, as burglars often do not carry any items to aid their burglary, as it makes them look more suspicious, so they will look inside the shed to find items they can break in with.

At Total Home NI, we believe your home should always be somewhere you feel safe.

 

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