Top tips to keep your home secure this summer

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At the time of year when people are either going away on holiday or spending more time with family and friends enjoying the warmer weather and longer days, NHBC has produced a checklist to help improve security to reduce the risk of unwanted visitors.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) reported around three in 100 households were victims of domestic burglary in the last year.

Although contents insurance will pay compensation, nothing can pay for the stress it causes, or replace the personal items you might have lost as a result of a burglary.

NHBC, the UK’s leading warranty provider and standard setting body for new build homes, offers the following security tips to help you keep your home and possessions safe and secure.

Most newer homes in the UK already come with security locks, burglar alarms and security lighting included as part of the standard specification ensuring that homeowners live in a safe and secure environment.

Check your window locking systems

Rely on your doors - use robust locks

Consider a light sensor

Install and use an alarm system

Keep ladders and other equipment safe

Lock rear entry gates

And, while you’re away:

Try to make your home look occupied!

Leave the lights on in the evening, invest in a timer

Remember to cancel papers, milk and other deliveries

Ask your neighbour to keep an eye on your home.

Keep valuable and easily transportable items out of view

Hide small valuable items like jewellery

If you live in a retirement home or sheltered housing, consult the warden or estates manager before fitting security devices, as they may need to access your property in case of an emergency.

For more security information and tips please visit the wesbite NHBC